Not quite Wright: Ohio prints 35,000 new license plates before realizing mistake

Ohio unveiled a new license plate design to the public Thursday and printed 35,000 of them before realizing that a plane featured at the top of the plate was facing the wrong direction, according to WHIO-TV.

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The “Sunrise in Ohio” license plate was designed by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles with input from Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine, officials said. Featuring a field of wheat and a city skyline, the design was meant to symbolize “what makes Ohio beautiful, unique and extraordinary,” the governor said Thursday.

The top of the plate included an image of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer with a banner proclaiming Ohio as the “Birthplace of Aviation,” according to WHIO. However, the banner was attached to the front of the plane, so it looked as if the aircraft was flying into the banner, the news station reported.

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“We are aware that the plane on the new Ohio license plate unveiled this morning was oriented in the wrong direction,” officials with the Ohio Department of Public Safety said in a statement. “We regret this mistake and have fixed the image.”

Officials told WHIO that they plan to recycle the license plates printed with the erroneous design. It was not immediately clear whether the mistake would prompt any additional costs.

The “Sunrise in Ohio” plates will be available to Ohioans beginning Dec. 29. It is the first new standard license plate design in the state since 2013.