By. Neil Williamson
Last year, Albemarle County entered into a unique enforcement arrangement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regarding signs placed illegally in the VDOT right of way. Albemarle County staff now regularly remove real estate, garage sale, going out of business sale, and other signs from the VDOT right of way (including the buffer zones near roadways).
This week, The Free Enterprise Forum noticed a vast proliforation of signs indicating “WARNING – Seat Belt Enforcement Area” in the very locations the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors claimed any such signs were visual clutter.
These signs were funded (according to the bottom line of the sign) by DRIVE SMART Virginia
DRIVE SMART Virginia (DSV) is the only 501c3 non-profit in Virginia dedicated entirely to making Virginia’s roadways the safest in the nation. Founded by automobile insurance companies that represent more than 85% of the driving insured on our roads, DSV is a formidable presence in the homes and businesses of our Virginia citizens
Can you imagine the result of a business placing a sign 2 inches from a travel way?
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the “Click it or Ticket Campaign”, The Free Enterprise Forum believes the sign law is supposed to be content nuetral. It will be interesting to see if the Albemarle County sign police fail to use their sign removal powers on these illegal “public safety” messages.
3:52 May 15 UPDATE A friend just counted 43 seat belt signs on Northbound US 29 from the Nelson/Albemarle County line to the Albemarle/Greene County line.
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