Two Plates Work

YOU CANNOT put a price tag on safety.

The Ohio House of Representatives will be voting on a bill stipulating that Ohio residents need display only one, rear-facing license plate on their vehicles, as opposed to the current two-plate requirement.

A Republican lawmaker from Scioto County is supporting the bill, claiming the state could save more than $1 million per year because of the change.

On the surface, that appears a nice financial windfall. But a closer look casts some doubts on whether the move is the right direction to go.

State Rep. Jack Cera of Bellaire notes that the state will be the major beneficiaries of the move, not motorists.

“The dollar amount, in terms of savings, isn’t what people think it is,” Cera said. “It’s minimal savings and the average individual really isn’t going to be saving anything.”

If the proposal doesn’t make financial sense for drivers, then we see this piece of legislation ill-advised.

A bigger drawback to the bill is the concerns being voiced by the law enforcement community.

Two license plates offer authorities and witnesses greater help in securing information in quick and accurate fashion. In the realm of an accident or crime, that can prove invaluable.

With West Virginia and Pennsylvania both utilizing one license plate, keeping Ohio at two plates makes sense, as it differentiates it from its neighboring states.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are pushing hard to retain the current two license plate setup. If they believe it is the correct route to go, we fall in line with that mode of thinking.