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Old 10-10-2009, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Rachael84 View Post
We have them here in NY.
That's very interesting.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:09 AM
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You have to have them in California. I actually got a ticket for not having one. At the time my car was parked in my high school parking lot so I guess some lame cop had enough time on his hands to walk by all 1,000 cars (my high school had 4,000 students so I am not exaggerating about the amount of cars) in our parking lot. I got out of class to see the ticket on my windshield. I believe it was a $25.00 ticket...I could be wrong though.
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:04 PM
Location: Dayton, OH/Portland, OR
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I personally think front and back plates are a good idea. Witnesses can identify cars involved in crimes from both angles and from rearview mirrors. And then there is the whole red-light camera thing. Whether you agree with it or not, in the places where it is legal it would make sense to have cars with front plates.

When I lived in Oregon, they had front and rear plates with tags on both front and rear. So two sets of tags. I don't know if it is still like that or not. Where I live now, in Ohio, they have front and rear plates but the tags only go on the rear plates. I guess that is a good comprimise if you are looking at it from a cost point of view?
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:25 PM
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I find front plates unnecessary. A good part about only having plates in the back is that you can put a plate you like up front (example: my college has special license plates you can put on the front if your state doesn't require front plates).
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Old 10-10-2009, 12:39 PM
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I think front and back plates are very important to help law enforcement identify an automobile. I think all states should require them.
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by 540_804 View Post

But i've always wondered, what do you do about a car that doesn't come with a front license plate holder?

For example, a guy that goes to my school has an Aston Martin and it doesn't have any place to attach the front tags so he doesn't have any. Its def. illegal and I'm not sure how many tickets he gets (i'm sure he can afford them..lol) but what do you do in that situation? I'd absolutely hate drilling holes in the front of my car to attach a license plate/tag holder...
Well, seeing as Aston Martins are British made and front plates are compulsory in Britain I'm sure they must have thought about that.
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by ogre View Post
That's very interesting.
You're a bad man, ogre.

Last edited by Perfect Stranger; 10-10-2009 at 03:38 PM..
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:46 PM
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You get two in Colorado, but I think you're only absolutely required to display one. Sorry, I'm too lazy to go look this up right now.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:48 PM
Location: Coeur d'Alene Idaho
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Originally Posted by J'aimeDesVilles View Post
Why do some states still have frontal license plates? Is it really necessary? Seems like doing away with them would be one way the state could save a few bucks. Although I suppose it wouldn't be a significant amount.
Simple.. A good officer can catch a front license plate number on a city road and run your license plate as your drive by if he so wishes. Also if no one had front license plates then all the red light cameras would be useless.
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Old 10-11-2009, 03:08 AM
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So that the vehicle is easier to spot if used in a offense of course.Many sates abandoned them only for cost to produce.
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