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Wisconsin DOT has replaced nearly half of Sesquicentennial license plates

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The special license plates that helped Wisconsin celebrate its 150th anniversary in 1998 are becoming a rarity on the highways.  

The state DOT said Wednesday it has replaced about half of the Sesquicentennial plates plus others that have red letters and numbers.  

The state is following a recommendation from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators to have black license numbers on white backgrounds.

The DOT's Mitchell Warren says the combination is the safest. Also, he says the oldest Sesquicentennial plates are now 17 years old -- much older than national standards suggest.  

The state began taking those plates off the road last August. By the time the project is completed next year, about 160,000 Sesquicentennial plates will have been replaced, along with 135,000 other red-lettered plates.  

Motorists are being told to wait for a DOT notice before having anything replaced or renewed.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)