Drivers travel along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -
Special license plates that recognize South Carolina's veterans, active military personnel and their parents are among dozens of new plate designs authorized by legislators.
Two laws passed last month add to the scores of specialty plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. They include plates recognizing recipients of military medals and veterans injured in combat. Others celebrate the University of South Carolina's back-to-back baseball championships, beach music and fishing.
South Carolina drivers already can choose from more than 140 plates for their vehicles. They include about two dozen military-related plates.
Laurens Rep. Mike Pitts said he thinks the state should limit its specialized plates to the military. The retired police officer said the military deserves the distinction, but the plethora of other plates creates a safety hazard for officers.
A list of the new plates follows:
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Cross
Department of the Navy
Parents and spouses of active-duty overseas veterans
Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces
Combat-related disabled veterans
Separate plate for each military branch; fees support county Veterans Administration offices
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer; fees support the Patriots Point Foundation
U.S. Marine Corps; fees support the nonprofit Moss Creek Marines
Second amendment; fees support the Criminal Justice Academy
South Carolina Highway Patrol-retired
Big Red; fees support the Citadel Alumni Association
"Don't Tread on Me" Gadsden flag, fees to the State Museum for Revolutionary War exhibits
Historic vehicles at least 25 years old
Boy Scouts of America; fees support SC's Boy Scout councils
Eagle Scouts of America; fees support SC's Boy Scout councils
I Support Libraries; fees to the SC Association of School Librarians and SC Library Association
South Carolina Educator; only for teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade
Beach music; No. 1 reserved for the Beach Music Association International president
Largemouth bass; fees support bass fishing through the Department of Natural Resources
South Carolina Wildlife Federation; fees support its conservation programs
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune; fees support a museum and natural trail named after her, and tourism in Mayesville
2010-11 Baseball National Champions, fees support the University of SC
Former members of Congress, the Legislature, city and county councils, mayors and retired judges
South Carolina high schools, public or private; fees support the schools
Play Tennis; fees support the SC Tennis Patrons Foundation
Tree My Dog, fees support the SC State Coon Hunters Association Youth Fund
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