No front license plate required in Ohio starting July 1

No front license plate required in Ohio starting July 1
Starting in July, Ohio drivers will no longer be required to have a front license plate on their vehicle. (Source: WXIX)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Starting July 1, Ohio drivers will no longer be required to have a front license place on their vehicle.

However, commercial vehicles will still be required to have both front and back plates.

The decision to remove the front license plate requirement in Ohio was not without controversy.

State legislators and law enforcement argued in July 2019 that front license plates should be required on vehicles.

At the time, the two groups said front plates on cars can help authorities stop serious crimes like human trafficking.

“It is clear that the front plate plays an astronomical role in helping law enforcement,” State Sen. Jay Hottinger, (R) Newark, said.

FOP President Dan Hils was also among those backing the front license plate requirement nearly a year ago.

“If they’re getting all the traffic coming towards them [police], they can check numerous plates. . . stolen cars, wanted felons,” Hils said in 2019.

In July 2015, ex-University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing pulled over Sam DuBose at a stoplight for not having a front license plate.

Tensing shot the 43-year-old DuBose in the head during the traffic stop, according to federal officials.

The ex-UC officer testified that he believed his life was in danger and DuBose was trying to drive away.

The second of two trials against Tensing ended in a mistrial.

In a now-closed petition, Dubose’s fiancé once said if it wasn’t for front plate laws, DuBose would not have been stopped or killed.

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