The Albemarle Sign Police Look the Other Way?

Illegal sign center median US 29 @ Albemarle Square

Illegal sign center median US 29 @ Albemarle Square

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

Illegal sign 2 inches from travel lane Northbound US 29 @ Rio Road

Illegal sign 2 inches from travel lane Northbound US 29 @ Rio Road

 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.

SEE RELATED STORY FOR UPDATE: 

Albemarle Police Remove Road Signs (that they put up)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: