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Ohio corrects mistake on state’s new license plate

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:52 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Ohio revised its new standard license plate after people on social media found a glaring mistake in the original design.

On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman unveiled the “Sunshine in Ohio” plate.

At the top of the plate is where some on social media noticed something was not “Wright.”

The Wright brothers’ Wright Flyer is flying through the air with a banner reading, “Birthplace of Aviation.”

The problem - some Twitter users pointed out - the plane is backward.

1903 Wright Flyer (A19610048000) at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum....
1903 Wright Flyer (A19610048000) at the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum. February 27, 2017. Smithsonian photo by Eric Long (A19610048000.3T8A5583) (NASM2018-10795)(Eric Long | Photo by Eric Long, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM2018-10795))

The banner is actually attached to the front of the plane instead of the rear.

New Ohio license plate design
New Ohio license plate design(Source: WOIO)

Hours after the unveiling, the Ohio Department of Public Safety acknowledged the mistake in a statement to FOX19 NOW.

“We are aware that the plane on the new Ohio license plate unveiled this morning was oriented in the wrong direction,” the statement reads in part.

They sent a revised image, saying the correct design will be the one reflected on all the new plates.

The 35,000 plates that had already been printed will be recycled, according to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Officials sent a revised vision with the plane now going in the right direction.
Officials sent a revised vision with the plane now going in the right direction.(Ohio Department of Public Safety)

The new plate will be available to drivers on Dec. 29.

“We wanted Ohio’s new license plate to reflect the heart and soul of our state and to encapsulate where we’ve been, who we are, and where we’re going,” said Gov. DeWine. “The imagery on our new license plate symbolizes what makes Ohio beautiful, unique, and extraordinary.”

Ohio has had four new standard license plate designs over the past 20 years: the “Bicentennial” plate in 2001, the “Sunburst” plate in 2003, the “Beautiful Ohio” plate in 2009, and the “Ohio Pride” plate in 2013.

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