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Speed Trap Warning Sign to Stay in Felton

When Kurt Healy first decided to put the sign in his front yard, he says he just wanted to protest a $111 ticket he got from the Felton police. (Photo: WBOC) When Kurt Healy first decided to put the sign in his front yard, he says he just wanted to protest a $111 ticket he got from the Felton police. (Photo: WBOC)

01/31/2009 5:51 PM ET

FELTON, Del. - A controversial sign will stay put. It reads "Speed Trap Ahead" and warns drivers heading southbound on US-13 toward Felton. At first, the state threatened to remove it.  But now, the sign is not going anywhere.

When Kurt Healy first decided to put the sign in his front yard, he says he just wanted to protest a $111 ticket he got from the Felton police.

"He wanted to make his vision heard that he didn't want people to have to endure that type of money in these times," said his wife, Lisa.

But it got more complicated when he was contacted by the Delaware Department of Transporation, saying the sign was illegal and must be removed.  The Healy's called the ACLU who contacted the Attorney General's Office. Support from the community started pouring in.

"We get letters, we get phone calls, people will stop by and try to thank us personally, people will toot their horns," said Healy.

The Healy's say now, the AG's office has responded saying the sign doesn't violate any laws and it can stay.

DelDOT Spokesperson Darrel Cole says the agency took action because the Felton police asked for its assistance, but it won't take any further action since the agency understands it has no legal authority to remove the sign.

So, the sign still sits in the Healy's front yard, even after a vandal smashed it into pieces.

"She thought maybe we'd go get another one, but no, I wanted the original," said Healy.  He simply glued it back together, moved it from the tree to a piece of plywood, and put a light on it at night.

Healy says he's just trying to get people to slow down and he thinks so far it's working.

Originally the sign was going to be posted for 111 days, but after all this, the Healy's say now they're not so sure.

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