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Letter to the Editor: Regarding stealing of signs

To the person or persons who have been removing school budget signs throughout the area, please be advised that what you are doing is illegal and that the police have been alerted. There is a $250 fine when you get caught. You are also infringing on someone else’s right to freedom of speech that we all have in this country under the Constitution. But, clearly you don’t care about that. Here is the Maine law for your reference.

Title 23: TRANSPORTATION
Part 1: STATE HIGHWAY LAW
Chapter 21: MAINE TRAVELER INFORMATION SERVICES

§1917-B. Unlawful removal of temporary signs

A person who takes, defaces or disturbs a sign placed within the public right-of-way in accordance with section 1913-A, subsection 1, paragraph L commits a civil violation for which a fine of up to $250 may be adjudged. This section does not apply to a person authorized to remove signs placed within the public right-of-way in accordance with section 1913-A, subsection 1, paragraph L. [PL 2015, c. 403, §6 (NEW).]

Lindy Moceus
Vienna

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7 Responses »

  1. Unfortunately no clear images were collected to make a positive ID. Better luck next time.......God almighty hates a thief.

  2. YEP, Falls area signs missing the most. Culprits live nearby say some . Watch who picks up 'YES" signs!

  3. The United States is based on the notion that people of differing views can peacefully make decisions through a political process. That means respect for those of different opinions, and allowing them to express those opinions through things such as signs. To steal a sign may seem to be a harmless prank, but in reality it is an act against the core values of our country.

  4. Lindy, thank you for using your time to get the facts on the removal of the sign by unauthorized person.

  5. Funny how they ended up in a daycare dumpster......

  6. It goes to show how low people will go to steal a sign. Maybe we need new signs Bob ? A new design may make a difference next year when they ask for another million plus !!

  7. I saw dozens of "no" signs nailed to road signs and telephone poles which is not legal. Please do a better job of following the property regulations in the future.

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