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State to Phase Out and Replace Sesquicentennial Plates

My folks will be getting new plates in the mail soon it would appear.

The special license plate developed for Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, will be replaced throughout the next year amid concerns from law enforcement that they are too faded to be read, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The plates, issued between 1996 and 1998, also don’t reflect as well as they used to, officials said.

“Law enforcement officers around the state have been struggling with reading these faded plates for some time now. We appreciate the fact that they’re being replaced,” Steven Riffel, Sheboygan Falls police chief and Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association president, said in a news release.

Wisconsin license plates with red letters and numbers also will be replaced with those that have black letters and numbers instead.

About 160,000 sesquicentennial plates and 135,000 red plates will be reissued, according to the DOT.

Recall a few years back the state DOT replaced all red-lettered vehicle plates with black-lettered plates.  (If memory serves, my plates at the time were one of those which were replaced…) The point is clearly the same here, to increase visibility for law enforcement (and regular folks) to see the letters on the plates.  Black obviously offers the best visibility.

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