Keep politics off the road

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding property owners and political campaigns to keep those lawn signs on private property.

It’s against state law to plant signs along highway driving lanes, inside and outside shoulders, ditches and intersections, where they can obstruct sight lines.

MnDOT crews will remove any unlawfully placed signs and impound them.

Violation of the law is a misdemeanor. Civil penalties also may apply if an improperly placed sign contributes to a crash resulting in personal injury or damage to property.

While we’re on the topic of sign no-nos, the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act also prohibits posting advertisements on public utility poles, trees and shrubs, and painting or drawing on rocks or natural features.