Sheriff speaks out on plate bill

Staff Writer

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon stated he is against Ohio House Bill 159, a bill recently introduced which would require Ohio vehicles to only carry a rear license plate. His statement is in support of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA) Legislative Committee’s stated opposition to the legislation.

Solomon gave a number of reasons why he does not support this legislation. First, he mentioned that it is a safety issue, especially for school buses. He also explained that officers sit in crossovers and look at vehicles coming at them, which makes it easier for them to read front plates coming at them rather than rear plates going by them.

In addition, Solomon said he is not in favor of Senate Bill 202, a bill just introduced which would make failure to display a front license plate a secondary offense.