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DOT: Political signs not allowed on state routes
Has become issue this campaign season
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Forsyth County News

Supporting a candidate or cause is fine, just don’t do it on interstates and state routes.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is reminding political candidates, campaigns and supporters to not place signs on the state’s rights of way. All signs found there will be removed.

“Unauthorized signs are against the law,” said Bayne Smith, DOT district engineer. “All signs on the state system, which includes all interstates and state routes, must be approved and permitted in order to be placed on our right of way.

“Signs that advertise yard sales, real estate for sale and/or political candidates are types of signs that are not allowed and will be removed.”

Violators will be charged with a misdemeanor and, if convicted, face penalties.

Teri Pope, department spokeswoman, said signs have been a problem already this campaign season.

“People put signs on exit ramps and signs block sight distance, creating a safety hazard,” she said. “This year it is especially bad because of the political and yard sale season, add real estate or subdivision signs and the problem multiplies.”

Signs are not allowed on any land on highways, railroads, power lines or other facilities publicly built and maintained.

“In the midst of this political season, we want to make sure that everyone understands the laws,” Smith said.

“Signs that are removed from right of way by department personnel will be held for 30 days and then destroyed.  If you don’t want to lose your signs, don’t place them within the right of way.”