Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Senator Thomas Introduces Bill to Decrease Unnecessary Traffic Stops
March 8, 2017

COLUMBUS – Yesterday, State Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced Senate Bill 92, which would downgrade the failure to display a front license plate to a secondary traffic offense. The senator originally introduced this legislation during the 131st General Assembly (GA), after Cincinnati native Sam DuBose was killed during a traffic stop by former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing. DuBose was initially pulled over for failing to display a front license plate.

“Many Ohioans worry that these minor infractions can be used as an excuse to pull people over. Unnecessary traffic stops erode trust between police and the community without adding much benefit,” said Senator Thomas. “I hope this simple, reasonable bill will receive bipartisan support from my colleagues.”

Under SB 92, law enforcement officers could not stop a vehicle to issue a ticket, citation or summons solely because of the lack of a front license plate. The bill also prohibits law enforcement officers from ticketing a parked vehicle that is missing a front plate if there is no primary traffic offense. 

Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-HD 36) introduced a similar bill in the House earlier this year. However, Rep. DeVitis’ bill calls for a maximum fine of $100. Senator Thomas’ bill sets the maximum fine at $25. 

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