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Reporter's notebook - Jan. 27


January 27, 2018

Is two better than one?

How do you feel about a second license plate?

A bill sponsored in this month’s legislative session by former Albuquerque police officer and incumbent District 12 Democratic Rep. Patricio Ruiloba proposes adding New Mexico to the 31 states in which motorists must have a front license plate in addition to one on the rear.

Proponents of the measure say a second plate is good for public safety, since it makes things that much easier for law enforcement to identify vehicles and increases a car’s visibility at night.

That might be more relevant in larger metropolitan areas like Albuquerque, but in Clovis the need for a second plate may not be as pressing. Clovis Police Lt. Robbie Telles said Friday he didn’t personally see a front plate making his job much easier, and said the requirement could more likely be a nuisance to motorists whose vehicles are unequipped to easily support the additional tag.

Aesthetically, one outcome of two plates is twice the supply of the distinctive red, yellow and sometimes turquoise color combinations on state roads.

— Compiled by staff writer David Grieder


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