Created: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 05:25:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:40:23 EST
With the Macon-Bibb consolidated government elections approaching, campaign signs are going up , and so is the awareness of local groups like "DeSigning Macon. Same issue, a different time of year.
"Every election year this becomes an issue and it is no different this year," said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. "We're going to see a lot more signs going up over the next few weeks."
The group forwarded an email warning all candidates to not place campaign signs in the "Right of Way".
Davis says a general rule of thumb for the "Right of Way" is anything on the street side of a utility pole. He says newer maintain roads has a concrete marker with "RW" in it. Davis also says for residents who maintain their lawns up to the street on state highways, the five feet area from the street into their yard is also the "Right of Way".
According to Sheriff Davis, Department of Transportation workers usually remove signs placed in the right of way. State law allows anyone to remove a sign placed in the restricted area.
Monitoring is part of the Sheriff's jurisdiction, Davis says if a sign disrupts driver visibility, his deputies will move it.
"But to be out and running down the road going from call to call, it gets a little busy to stop and pick up signs because there is so many of them," said Davis.
Davis says all signs removed by GDOT workers and his deputies are taken to the Bibb County LEC, where candidates can retrieve them.
Sheriff Davis says if a candidates sign is in the "Right of Way", the only person that can be cited is the person who placed it there.