Rhode Island Makes More Waves With New License Plate Design

Photo: Courtesy of the Office of R.I. Governor Dan McKee.

PROVIDENCE R.I. (WBZ NewsRadio) — During a media briefing on Wednesday, Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee and Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos revealed the winner of the state's new license plate design contest.

The winning plate was created by Willem Van Lancker of South Kingstown, R.I., who studied graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design. According to the Providence Journal, Van Lancker said he aimed to make a modern update to the current design, which was implemented back in the 1990's.

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The Division of Motor Vehicles Administrator Walter Craddock said that Van Lancker's smaller wave design received about half of the vote, something he said showed R.I. residents' overwhelming support and intention not to change too much. The statewide contest between the five finalists racked up more than 300,000 votes within a two-week time period in late March, Craddock said.

R.I. law requires residents to have their vehicle's license plate reissued every two years, after which any cars sporting the old design are at risk of getting pulled over by police.

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