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11/26/2012 02:14 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2012

Florida's New License Plates: State Asks Drivers To Vote On Designs (PHOTOS, POLL)

A plan to give a new, more simple look to Florida license plates will make it harder for drivers to escape pesky red light and toll booth cameras.

Still, the state is now encouraging residents to vote on a new plate to replace the current design, first introduced in 1994.

"We just want people to weigh in on which one is their favorite," said Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen-Doolan to NBC Miami.

The current basic license plate designs was implemented in the wake of a plague of tourist hijackings in South Florida during the mid-1990s. Rented cars, denoted by special "lease" tags, were often the target of thieves and prompted state lawmakers to institute the current uniform design.

The newer plates implement several new changes, including space for seven characters instead of the current six, and the green embossed letters will be replaced by flattened letters in black font to increase traffic camera readability.

Drivers can voice their choice on their favorite at Vote4FloridaTag.com beginning Monday through December 14. The new tag rollout date is slated for 2014.

Take a look (photos below):

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Florida's New License Plate Designs

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