Alabama's Newest License Plates Get Mixed Reactions

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By Ellis Eskew

From the "Heart of Dixie" to "Sweet Home" Alabama, Alabama's seen several car tags over the years.

The Department of Revenue recently unveiled its latest tags.
The standard license plate and the "God Bless America" one.
And we got mixed reactions on the new designs.

Kiajam Warner says he likes the standard yellow, green and blue one.

"Oh, I'd like this one, the colorful one better.  I like loud colors, bright colors, so that fits me," said Warner.

But some say they would opt for the more patriotic one.

Betsy Pepper  says, "I like the one that says 'God Bless America.'"

Some say we need to go with the old tags that have been long retired.

 "I think we should go back to the stars and stripes... Like the "Heart of Dixie," said Heather Miller. 

But Judy Cox says she likes the new ones.

 "I like the colors," said Cox.


The Alabama Tourism Department actually designs the tags.
For the past five years, "Sweet Home" Alabama has been the theme in hopes of attracting more tourists to the Alabama Gulf Coast.

"The last car tag we designed, which was one that featured the coastal areas, this one features the mountains and some of the lakes. Basically, a license tag is a good way to do kind of mini billboards for the state to promote the natural beauty of Alabama that can be found across the state," said Brian Jones with the Alabama Tourism Department.

Besides the standard and 'God Bless America' tags, there are dozens of other tag designs.
Most of them have "Heart of Dixie" and a small heart on them, which has been around since the 1950s by state law.
Up until the mid 70s, we got new metal tags every year before yearly decals started being issued.







 

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