With elections in November many candidates have already started placing campaign signs outdoors, however the Mississippi
Department of Transportation (MDOT) has a warning for candidates.
MDOT officials said illegally placed signs will be removed.
For instance, campaign signs placed on a state right-of-way contributes to a cost of millions in litter clean up for MDOT.
Federal standards state signs or structures on the highway or interstate right-of-way must be removed.
That's why MDOT encourages all candidates research federal, state and local laws before placing their sign anywhere.
According to MDOT, in order to maintain traffic safety, the following rules govern the placement of signs:
• It is illegal to place signs within the right-of-way on state highways and interstates. The width of right-of-way areas varies by location and include the driving lanes, shoulders, mowed areas and potentially may reach distances of 300 feet or more from the centerline of driving lanes.
• Keeping the right-of-way clear prevents safety hazards and interference with the traveling public along roadways.
• Signs with steel or wooden posts pose potential hazards which may cause harm to roadside workers, damage to roadside equipment and become projectiles if hit by mowers.
• Signs are not permitted within areas used for clear vision at intersections so they will not interfere with the sight distance of a driver. No signs are allowed in limited access right-of-way. Typically, the right-of-way is larger near roadway intersections.
Any sign removed by MDOT will be kept for two weeks at a local MDOT facility and then discarded.
MDOT will allow candidates to pick up their confiscated sign without a penalty.