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Bill Bans License Plate Flippers



By Elizabeth Ruiz & Johnny Shannon

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed is applauding approval of a bill that outlaws license plate flippers in Texas.
"The device is sold on the internet and it's designed to hold two license plates. At the touch of a button on your dashboard, you can just flip your license plate," said Reed.
Reed says an investigator in her office brought it to her attention and she took it to state lawmakers.
"It's quite obvious that this device is designed to elude law enforcement detection," Reed told 550 KTSA News.
"And for communities that have toll roads, you could breeze on through with your fake license plate," said Reed.
The measure sponsored by Senate Carlos Uresti of San Antonio criminalizes possession of a license plate flipper, making it a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail.
Distributing or selling the James Bond-Style device would be a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to year in jail.
The bill awaits the governor's signature.
"We anticipate the governor will be more than happy to sign off on a bill that helps keep our roads, airports, schools and communities safe by ensuring criminals can't hide their vehicle's identity," said Reed.



Photos: plate-flipper.com, twitter.com; pinnaclesalesrep.com

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