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Should all states require front license plates?   41 members have voted

  1. 1. Should all states require front license plates?

    • Yes - absolutely
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    • No - not necessary
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    • Other - explain
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I think it's mostly a Southeastern thing...that of not having front license plates on cars (so you can have a Confederate flag license plate instead....just kidding...just kidding).

I was in FL and Atlanta for 2 weeks in early September. I am going down I-95 out of the JAX airport a little fast in a RED Grand Prix and see a State Trooper conveniently under the shadow of an overpass with his radar gun aimed. I tapped on the brakes but was following others at the same pace. I wondered if the area allowed for tickets to be conveniently sent in the mail. Then it dawned on me, I have NO FRONT LICENSE PLATE on the car.

The following week up in Atlanta, I noticed the same thing. There are no front license plates in Georgia, either.

I think all cars should have two plates. It bodes for better security. And I've never understood why some states only require the rear plate.

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How does a second plate add security? Twice as expensive for the driver/state, unnecessary, clutters up the clean look of most cars. Front plates are more government waste and make it even lazier for police to do their jobs.

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if the trooper wanted you, he was going to get you from behind anyway.....

wait.... that didn't come out right.

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AZ, MI, and PA don't use front plates, IIRC. I'd rather see only a single rear plate. Front plates clutter up the look of many modern cars, like the Solstice or new CTS.

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How does a second plate add security?

clutters up the clean look of most cars.

Someone has committed a crime and you seen them backing out of a stall from the front but cannot get a good look at them from the rear of the vehicle, you can get their plate. There are certain times when you can catch a front plate but not the rear plate.

As for looks, I think that the cleanliness you refer to takes a back seat to the issue above...and this is from someone who is also invested in and critical of the appearance of automobiles.

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all the car enthusiests around here hate them.... NY requires a front plate... for example... 4th gen f bodys ( i have a lot of friends who had them) look like ass with them... another friend was pissed off when he had to drill the nose of his 88 Monte Carlo SS to install a front plate

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Ontario requires them too. You see a lot of ricers who have bodykits with no spot for the plate put them in their front window. Cops will give you trouble for that, but a guy I knew fought it everytime becuase apparently that is legal.

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IN doesn't require front plates. ID does. :( No way I'm drilling holes in my bumper - I'm making my own plate holders for my saturns.

front plates are evil.

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from what ive heard, that guy ( NGGA PLZ ) lives a few miles from me (he's a friend of a friend)

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How does a second plate add security? Twice as expensive for the driver/state, unnecessary, clutters up the clean look of most cars. Front plates are more government waste and make it even lazier for police to do their jobs.

+1. I do not like the front license plates.

AZ, MI, and PA don't use front plates, IIRC. I'd rather see only a single rear plate. Front plates clutter up the look of many modern cars, like the Solstice or new CTS.

So do KY, TN, NC, SC, WV, AL, AK. There are quite a few states that do not require front license plates. It is the west coast states that need them I think.

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Well, like I've said before, I never have been a conformist.

But then, I never thought I'd be outnumbered 8:1 thus far. :scratchchin:

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How does a second plate add security? Twice as expensive for the driver/state, unnecessary, clutters up the clean look of most cars. Front plates are more government waste and make it even lazier for police to do their jobs.

Complete waste of money and an eyesore to boot!

Exactly.

Its sucks that MA requires front plates...when we registered the Prizm in MA and got new plates, the front bumper had to be drilled in order to mount the front plate...KS doesn't require front plates (lucky)! Of course when the car was inspected they drilled the holes for me (without my consent really) and the damn thing is now mounted off center! :hissyfit:

Front plates are, as said, a waste of money and ruin the look of many cars up front...they don't ad much "security"...because if a cop wants your ass, he'll get it...from behind. :pbjtime:

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It's 10:1 now :AH-HA_wink:

Don't the cops use the front plates to bounce the radar off of in speed traps? In any case, I think the number of times a front plate comes in handy for catching a criminal would be very small. All car manfacturers have ceased integrating provisions for a front plate in the front bumper, most likely for the less-cluttered look like Fly mentioned, plus for aerodynamics as well. Ever see a Solstice with a front plate? Terrible.

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One really is enough. Everywhere I have lived, the tags have been on the front and back, but I like the uncluttered look of a tagless front end.

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+1. I do not like the front license plates.

So do KY, TN, NC, SC, WV, AL, AK. There are quite a few states that do not require front license plates. It is the west coast states that need them I think.

I suspect there are more states that do require them than those that don't...it's just not a west coast thing either, Ohio requires two, Colorado does, NY does, MA, etc...

I wouldn't mind 2 plates as much if we had the wide, slim European style plates, they look better on the front than our large plates, IMHO.

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I voted NO cause I freekin' hate them.

No one ever backed away from the sceene of a crime all the way home!

But here;s the 3 reasons why they (big brother) want them.

1. Red light cameras

2. In a hit & run the imprint of the plate often stays on the other car (witnessed this myself)

3. Nice, flat reflective surface to bounce Radar waves off of

Mass requires front plates but not on my Y.O.M. plate that I have on my B-59... :spin:

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why is that plate in the picture being held by a white man?

:takes offense:

anyways, shouldn't front plates be backwards like ambulances so it's easier to see in the rear view?

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I don't mind them. I sort of wish that designers would just take into consideration that states have them and design around it.

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why is that plate in the picture being held by a white man?

:takes offense:

anyways, shouldn't front plates be backwards like ambulances so it's easier to see in the rear view?

I think that's the funniest thing evar... XP showed me that pic. like two years ago. :P

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To stick up for Bob, they can be a good thing. We have front plates in Iowa and a drunk driver hit my friends parked car and fled the scene. Unluckily for the drunk driver, the front license plate fell off and police apprehended her shortly after.

They look like ass, but there are benefits.

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Out chur in Pennsyltucky we ain't got no front plates. We's enlightened! My cousin/boyfriend Darrell and his wife/mama Brenda don't like front plates neither! Git 'er done! Darrell says he don't wanna see NO plates ever again, since the man made him press 'em out when he got sent up for some sheep lovin'! Edited by ocnblu
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I don't like having to drill into the front bumper, and agree that they ruin the look of the front end in lots of cases. I wouldn't mind if there was an option for a vinyl plate that you could apply (say with static cling, no adhesives) to the bumper or a corner of the windshield...

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I hate the front plate law in CT. Ugly.

Police use it as a nice flat reflective target for their laser guns too.

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