Florida License Plates Still Need To Be Approved
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Floridians who voted in an online poll favor a new license plate design that features an orange forming the "O'' in "Florida," state motor vehicle officials said Tuesday.
The body of the tag is white with black numbers. The word "Florida" is in white lettering on a green stripe across the top. Another green stripe at the bottom has the words "Sunshine State" in white.
The design still needs approval from Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet before it can go into production, possibly in 2014.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants to replace existing plates because they are difficult for red-light and toll-booth cameras to read. That's due to the raised green numbers and a multicolor image of oranges and orange blossoms on top of a Florida map in the middle of each white tag.
Officials say the cameras were unable to read more than 2.8 million tags this year.
The new plate, regardless of design, will be flat. Also, it will have nothing except black-on-white numbers in the body of the tag.
The design change will affect only the state's standard license plate. More than 100 specialty tags with everything from manatees to colleges and universities will not be affected.
The agency initially wanted to outsource the manufacture and distribution of the tags, now made in state prisons and distributed by county tax collectors, to a private vendor to cut costs.
The department's executive director, Julie Jones, dropped that idea and said it was because of pressure from the tax collectors and two Cabinet members, Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
The winning entry drew 15,441 votes out of 50,124 cast.
Coming in second with 14,875 votes was a white tag with "Florida" in black lettering on the top, an orange in the upper left-hand corner and "Sunshine State" in white lettering on a green bottom stripe.
The other two choices each featured a sliced orange forming the "O'' in "Florida" in green lettering at the top. The only difference was that one had "Sunshine State" in black lettering on a green bottom stripe and the other had the same words in green with no stripe.
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