Department of Highways, District 10
Candidates asked to remove political signs illegally remaining on state right of way

Press Release Date:  Monday, May 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY. – (May 22, 2006) -- Now that the 2006 primary election is over and the mowing and highway maintenance seasons are in full swing, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking political candidates to remove any of their campaign signs that remain on state right of way in violation of state laws.

"These signs can interfere with our mowing and highway repair efforts," said Linda Wagner-Justice, chief district engineer for the Department of Highways District 10. "In addition to being a visual distraction and sight distance obstruction hazard for motorists, they can be dangerous if struck by mowers or heavy equipment and can put workers and drivers alike at risk. With the election behind us, we request the candidates to take down their signs that encroach on state right of way."

Prior to the election, the Transportation Cabinet previously dispatched crews to remove illegally placed signs. No similar post-election efforts are currently planned, but any signs that interfere with state mowing and maintenance operations will be removed and disposed of.

"Winning candidates who face races in the fall may wish to leave their signs up," Wagner-Justice said, "but we caution them not to place their signs on state right of way or in such a matter as to interfere with sight distances on our highways. The laws banning these signs from the right of way are in place to help ensure highway safety, which is our primary goal."