House Committee Okays Proposal On Tickets For Not Having Front License Plates

Feb 23, 2017

Ohioans would still have to have front license plates when driving, unlike drivers in Kentucky and Indiana. But a proposal in the state transportation budget would allow them to escape being cited if they’re parked.

Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) wanted the budget to include the elimination of the front license plate law. She says if this parking provision stays in it’s a start, but she’s also considering joining in on a bill that would make not having a front plate something drivers could be cited for only if they’re pulled over for something else. “I’m willing to have a compromise, but we gotta have some movement on this. And we need to do it, we need to take action. And that’s why my first thing before dropping a bill is to try to keep pushing in the budget if we can,” Reece said.

Reece was drawn to the issue after the shooting death of 43-year-old Sam DuBose in 2015. He’d been stopped by a University of Cincinnati police officer for not having a front plate.