With more than 330,000 votes tallied, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced the winner of the state’s next license plate design. The winner features the image of a covered bridge over a creek and received 54 percent of votes. The runner-up depicted the image from the Indiana flag inside a blue silhouette of the state. Third place, which only received seven percent of the vote, was a white plate with a yellow banner at the bottom and the words "Crossroads of America" in blue lettering.
New plates will start showing up in January and along with the "In God We Trust" design, will not cost extra for vehicle registrants.
The bridge design will succeed the current plate illustration which pays tribute to the state’s Bicentennial Celebration. BMV Commissioner Kent Abernathy says "the first day of fall is a great time to announce the covered bridge license plate is our winner. Not only is this colorful design with a red bridge spanning a creek the top vote-getter, it won big."
Votes were cast through myBMV.com, a BMV booth at this year’s Indiana State Fair and BMV self-service terminals. The artwork was created by Fort Wayne-based Intellectual Technology Inc., which designs and manufactures license plates for clients throughout the U.S.