MDOT stresses safety concerns with political sign placement

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation reminded residents of the importance of where they place political signs Friday.

According to MDOT, signs are not permitted within areas used for clear vision at intersections so they will not interfere with the driver's ability to see other vehicles. Keeping the right-of-way clear prevents safety hazards along the state roadways. Illegally placed political signs also contribute to the state's $3.2 million litter problem.

MDOT also said it is illegal to place signs within the right-of-way on state highways. Signs with wooden posts pose potential hazards which may cause harm to roadside workers, damage to roadside equipment and become projectiles if hit by mowers.

Any illegally placed signs are removed by MDOT crews and kept for two weeks at a local maintenance facility before being discarded. Candidates may retrieve signs from MDOT without penalty. You can find out more by calling 601-359-7074 or visit