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Campaign Signs Are Going up in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. – Campaign season is officially upon us and that means you will be seeing a lot more signs along Delaware roads.

But, the Delaware Department of Transportation says the signs can only go up in certain places thanks to the Clear Zone Law.

“The Clear Zone Law establishes a ribbon along roadways where we don't want anything in the road for safety sake,” said DelDOT Community Relations Officer Jim Westhoff.

The law, established more than five years ago, prohibits all non-official signage in medians, in channelization islands, on utility poles, and no closer than 10 feet from the edge of Delaware roads and highways.

There is no limitation on the number or time of day politicians put up signs, Westhoff said, “We encourage people to be safe and put up signs in a safe manner.”

Usually political signs are banned from being put up along Delaware roads, but the General Assembly came up with an exemption for political season, allowing signs to go up 30 days before and 30 days after an election. In 2012, many people did not adhere to the law.

“In the last major campaign cycle, we had to issue 1,800 violations because signs installed in places that were prohibited,” Westhoff said. “That is why we're doing this: to get the information out to candidates and campaigns so they know.”

Any violation costs the owner $25 per sign and a $15 per sign recovery fee, according to DelDOT.

With statewide primaries this year, campaign signs started going up on Aug. 10.

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