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MnDOT reminds residents where political signs aren’t allowed


BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a statement on Tuesday, Sept. 19,  to remind residents that state law prohibits the placement of private signs of any kind on a highway right of way.

“With political campaigns underway for November elections, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reminds campaigners that state law prohibits placement of private signs of any kind,” the press release said.

Highway rights of way include driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches, sight corners at intersections, and boulevards in urban areas.

State law also says that signs may not be placed on private land without the consent of the landowner.

Violation of the law, Minnesota Statute 160.27, is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if the placement of such material contributes to a motor vehicle crash, creates injury to a person, or causes damage to a motor vehicle that runs off the road, according to the press release.

The Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act, Minnesota Statute 173.15, also prohibits placing advertising materials on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, as well as painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.

MnDOT workers are required to take down private signs located on a state highway rights of way. County, city and township employees administer these laws on their roads.

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