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Hold up! You can’t put a campaign sign here

As the Nov. 8 election approaches, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is reminding candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are illegal along state rights of way.
As the Nov. 8 election approaches, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is reminding candidates and their supporters that campaign signs are illegal along state rights of way.

Political candidates and their supporters need to remember that campaign signs along state highways are illegal, the Mississippi Department of Transportation said Friday.

MDOT sent out a news release letting candidates know the signs can be safety hazards. However, MDOT indicated it is willing to be accommodating toward offenders.

“Signs removed by MDOT crews will be kept for two weeks at a local MDOT maintenance facility before being discarded,” the news release said. “Candidates may retrieve signs from MDOT without penalty.”

No one will be published for a violation, MDOT said.

MDOT said signs are not allowed on state highway rights of way or at intersections because they could obstruct a driver’s vision.

Signs with steel or wooden posts are particularly hazardous, MDOT said.

MDOT said voters might want to consider that the signs contribute to the state’s litter problem.

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