PHOTOS: Sign Law Means Confiscation in Bel Air
Residents could be fined on a per-sign basis if they are left in the public right-of-way.
Since a state law went into effect Oct. 1, for three hours a day on weekends, a town employee has been collecting the signs from public right-of-ways. Public Works Director Randy Robertson said the effort will continue each Saturday and Sunday until the problem dies down.
“We’re picking up only those we determined to be in the public right-of-way,” Robertson said. “We’re picking them up in hopes that people get the hint that we’re not going to leave them out there.”
On Jan. 1, 2012, per new State Highway Administration regulations, officials across the state can fine property owners $25 for each sign taken from the public right-of-way. Robertson hopes losing signs they paid for is enough to discourage residents from disobeying the new law.
"They’re probably wasting their money if they keep sticking them in right-of-ways," he said.