Ohio license plate law under microscope in wake of shooting

Youngstown considers increasing license plate fee

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – All of Ohio’s neighboring states are a part of the 19 that only require a single back plate, including Pennsylvania.

A bill proposed in April would add Ohio to the list of state’s that only require the single plate.

The new requirement would save the state about $1.4 million in license plate production and distribution.

Law enforcement is against the idea, saying front <strong>plates</strong> are a useful tool for them and that having them helps people report crimes.

First time offenders in Ohio can receive a ticket, and violating the law more than once can result in a fine and license suspension.

The issue of the dual plates in Ohio was scrutinized again in the wake of a police shooting in Cincinnati where Samuel DuBose, 43, was pulled over for a missing front license plate and was ultimately shot and killed by the police officer.

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The officer was indicted for murder Wednesday.

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DuBose’s death comes amid months of national scrutiny of police dealings with African-Americans, especially those killed by officers. Authorities so far have not focused on race in the death of DuBose. City officials who have viewed the video said the traffic stop shouldn’t have led to a shooting.

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