New law to crack down on illegal highway signs

SALISBURY — A new state law that goes into effect in January will impose a $25 fine for every illegal commercial sign placed along state highways.

The State Highway Administration says it spends almost a half-million dollars a year removing the signs, because they can impede visibility and get in the way of mowing and other maintenance.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that a warning period began Oct. 1. Highway officials are putting stickers on illegal signs to warn the owners of new law.

Highway administration engineer Donnie Drewer says officials hope that collecting fines will help defray some of the costs of cleaning them up.

The new law only applies to state rights-of-way and not to county or local roads.

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