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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 10, 2019 02:05 PM
From: Representative Donna Bullock
To: All House members
Subject: Cost-Benefit Analysis on Dual License Plates
Too often we see headlines involving fatal hit and run accidents where the driver has fled the scene and cannot be identified. In some cases, the driver turns themselves in; in others, a devastated family is left without justice for the loss of their loved one.

Requiring license plates on both the front and rear of all vehicles in Pennsylvania would greatly assist law enforcement officers in identifying fleeing traffic offenders and suspects in instances where a vehicle is only seen from the front. The addition of a front license plate would also increase safety by providing reflective material which would gain the attention of distracted drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

I realize this is not as easy of a fix as it may sound. In an effort to provide this legislature with precise information, I am introducing a resolution which directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on requiring dual license plates on all vehicles in Pennsylvania.

With the amount of incidents due to reckless and distracted driving increasing it is necessary that we explore all options. Please join me in taking this step toward finding a reasonable solution to combat this issue.