MSP reminds community of political sign laws

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IRON MOUNTAIN — As the election cycle continues and the debate over who should be elected intensifies, the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post reminds the community that theft or defacing political signs is against the law. 
Additionally, the Michigan Department of Transportation offers the following information:
In Michigan, stealing or defacing political signs is a misdemeanor that can carry a maximum penalty of a $500 fine or imprisonment of up to 90 days in jail.   
Political signs must be placed more than 30 feet from the edge of the roadway (or from the white line along the edge) on highways without barrier-type curbs. On highways with barrier curbs, the signs must be more than 3 feet from the back of the curb. Signs are not allowed within clear vision areas at intersections or commercial driveways, or within limited-access rights of way. Any signs with either steel or wooden posts that do not meet MDOT safety standards are not allowed in the right of way. 
Candidates are responsible for obtaining approval from adjacent property owners before placing signs. Signs must be removed within 10 days after the election. 
Campaign signs that do not meet these criteria will be removed by the road commission or state workers. Candidates can pick up any removed signs at local MDOT offices and maintenance garages. Signs not claimed within seven days of their removal will be discarded.
Always check with your local authority on laws or ordinances in your area.