WisDOT Reminds Public to be Attentive when Placing Political Signs

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WisDOT Reminds Public to be Attentive when Placing Political Signs

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM CDT

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding campaign workers and voters to keep political signs off highway right-of-ways due to potential safety hazards.
WisDOT says that improperly placed signs violates the state law and will be removed if need be.

With elections set for this fall, campaign signs are common in sight. The WisDOT is reminding everyone that state law does not allow the placement of any type of sign - including political, commercial or garage sale signs - on highway right-of-way.

"This is not a political issue, this is a matter of public safety," said Allan Johnson with WisDOT's Bureau of Highway Maintenance.

Improperly placed signs:
- Distracts motorists or obstructs their views, especially at intersections
- Poses a safety risk to people who enter the highway right-of-way to install a sign, and to road maintenance workers who will remove the sign
- Damages or disables mowers and other equipment, and can potentially injure workers or others.

State law prohibits the placement of signs within highway right-of-way, except for officials traffic signs.

The law provides a fine from $10 to $500 for signs that violate the law.

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