Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MnDOT Says Clear the Ditches

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking citizens to keep unauthorized signs and other objects off the state highway right of way.  MnDOT says it is illegal and can distract drivers and obstruct their vision.

"With summer right around the corner, we are already seeing an increase in advertising signs and items for sale placed illegally along state highways to attract the attention of passing motorists," said Steve Lund, MnDOT's state maintenance engineer. “Signs created to attract a driver’s eye can easily distract motorists from paying full attention to driving, which can lead to crashes.”

Placing signs or objects in highway right of way is a misdemeanor violation punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail. Highway rights of way include driving lanes, shoulders, ditches, clear zones and sight corners at intersections.

Unauthorized signs include, but are not limited to—real estate open houses, garage sales and signs for various public and private events and activities.

Large items commonly found in rights of way include cars and other vehicles, boats and motors, campers and travel trailers, commercial stands and large bales of hay.

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