Tired of seeing all those illegally placed signs on the median during election season? A recently-passed bill in the Virginia General Assembly has given localities in Virginia the ability to clean up local signs and fine offenders up to $100.
“Not only is this a safety issue, but it is a quality of life issue. If you live near a neighborhood with 15 signs at intersection that say ‘We buy houses’ or ‘We clean gutters,’ it looks horrible and reduces our property values,” said Delegate Dave Albo (R-42), who sponsored the bill.
According to House Bill 34:
Any person who in any manner paints, prints, places, puts or affixes any sign or advertisement upon or to any rock, stone, tree, fence, stump, pole, mile-board, milestone, danger-sign, guide-sign, guidepost, highway sign, historical marker, building or other object lawfully within the limits of any highway... shall be assessed a civil penalty of $100. Each occurrence shall be subject to a separate penalty.
All civil penalties collected under this section shall be paid into the Highway Maintenance and Operating Fund.
"I am pleased we are taking the next step in keeping our roadways clean and safe and removing this blight in our community,” said Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity in a press release.