I've been dormant for a while, but those "Carpet Cleaning $59" signs finally irritated me back into action. (They're often side by side with "Affordable Health Insurance" and "Computer Repairs - We come To U" signs. I think they're placed by the same person/people.)
In addition, there have been new "Window Tinting (tel #)" signs the last few weeks appearing along Independence and Albemarle roads. Unfortunately for the spammer, these are on my way to/from work... and many of the signs only last one day.
I hope you will post the particulars of the arrest, charges, and laws that you reference briefly in your post.
>After encouraging minors to collect litter - including what >the state has defined as litter (unlawful signs) > >I am on trial for 4 counts of "Corrupting the minds of the >youth" and 1 on an 1885 law against "Injuring Notices." > >The reason we have roadside litter in this state is because >we have OLD laws against removing them, and OLD boys club >activily spending the state's money to preserve them. > >Those of you interested in making a differnce in Charlotte >area - feel free to contact me - > > >Benjamin Gatti >Ben@Yonan.net >831 262 0387
#5. "RE: Street Spam is Deadly!" In response to Reply # 4
>Street Spam is INTENDED to cause a distraction. > >Thus SPAM is a Clear and Present Danger.
Good points. However, the vast majority of street spam does seem to be concentrated at intersections where people are stopped for stop signs or traffic lights, so maybe the distraction factor isn't quite so dangerous as billboards meant to be seen *while* you are driving along.
For that reason, may cities limit ultra-distracting things like wind-blown banners, balloons, flapping air-powered characters, etc, flashing lights, etc.- from businesses along roads.
As far as danger goes, I can't help but wonder what all of those heavy iron stakes would do to the average passenger car, if it has to make an emergency stop in the right-of-way.
#6. "RE: Street Spam is Deadly!" In response to Reply # 5
People stop at intersections less often than they whizz right by. Most accidents occur at intersections. The Failure to read official signs at intersections (because of distractions) is a documented cause of Accidents.
Most States also outlaw "unofficial Signs" on the Public ROW. Certainly NC Does (136).
If a person violates a traffic regulation law and a death results - that person is guilty of a misdemeanor manslaughter. Traffic regulations law prohibits the erection of "Unofficial Signs and Commercial advertising on the Highway." Highway is defined as any road, street, way, alley, backroad, dusty durt road, or any other public right of way for motor cars AND there adjacent rights of way (Generally marked by public utility poles, fire hydrants, fence lines etc ...)
So I would suggest that in NC we are on Solid Ground to raise awarness of the danger and potential liability assosiated with breaking the law near roads.