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Violators of rules on placement of political signs can be fined

September 14, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Individuals who violate state Department of Transportation rules on the placement of political advertising signs can be fined, the agency announced Monday.

"The law bans political signs and stickers from right-of-way locations, especially highway shoulders, traffic signs or devices, trees, stones, fence posts and utility poles," Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox said in a news release.

"In addition to being illegal, political 'bumper stickers' on highways' signs cost state taxpayers thousands of dollars each year because signs must be replaced. DOH workers will pull any signs from state rights of way and, for a short time, will store them in county highways offices to be picked up by candidates or their representatives."

More information about the state's outdoor advertising laws can be obtained by contacting William Light of DOT's Division of Highways Traffic Engineering Division in Charleston at 304-558-9341.

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