Monday, October 31, 2011
(Taken from State Highway Administration News Release, September 30)
Beginning October 1, the State Highway Administration (SHA) and local governments will begin issuing warnings to those who illegally post signs along State-maintained highways. Beginning January 2012, jurisdictions will start fining offenders a $25 for each sign in order to recoup the costs of removing them from highways.
Illegal signs distract drivers and, in some cases, can impede drivers’ vision or block legal signs from view. They can also affect maintenance operations, interfere with the work of utility crews and mar the landscape along Maryland ’s scenic routes.
Along state highways – including interstates, U.S. and Maryland numbered routes – private signs are prohibited in the medians and along the sides on the public property or “right-of-way.” The illegal signs are often found attached to utility poles or stacked together on wooden posts littering medians.
For more information on the new law, visit the SHA website.