Road Sign Strategy

By: Jeff Shepard
By: Jeff Shepard

According to District 1 Supervisor Hank Florey, enough is enough with the theft of street signs.

"Oak Hill sign was stolen twice. We replaced one one week, replaced another Friday and it was stolen over the weekend," said Florey.

Monday night at the supervisor's meeting, the board learned new signs will be sprayed with a coloring agent that will turn skin purple.

"You wash this off and it stays on there for several days," said Florey. "So if you see purple hands somewhere, call my friend Sheriff Sollie there."

Both sheriff's deputies and supervisors agree that, while stealing the signs may be fun to some, it can turn out to be deadly for others.

"If an ambulance was called out to road so and so, and if the ambulance got there and there was no sign, it'd be difficult for that emergency vehicle to find that home," said Ray Boswell, Supervisor of District 5.

"This could be confusing to drivers," said Florey. "We've got about 1,500 miles of roads so you can't memorize every road. So this could be very dangerous."

"It's a tremendous amount of money that costs the taxpayers," added Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell. "Because the taxpayers money goes into making these road signs. Plus it's a tremendous hazard. If you steal a stop sign or any kind of a directional sign, a yield sign, or anything like that, it puts themselves liable for causing a wreck or death."


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