News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 6, 2010
AUGUSTA,Ga---You can't drive around Augusta without catching a glimpse of a "I need tickets" sign. It turns out you've got a good chance of getting a ticket...from law enforcement.
Richmond county code enforcement conducted random sweeps Tuesday.
The "I need tickets" signs dot Augusta streets.
"Yeah," said Bill Reynolds who posted signs along 15th Street in Augusta. "We gotta compete with everybody else now."
There's only one problem.
"It's not legal," we told him.
"Well you know as far as the legality of it," said Bill hesitantly. "It's more of a rule than a law."
Richmond County code enforcement workers showed up and said differently.
"It is illegal," said Shawn Rhodes with code enforcement.
"It's Augusta's rule. They are free to make them," said Bill. "I guess we are free to not follow them."
Keep in mind that placing signs on the right of way could leave you facing a $1,000 fine even 60 days in jail.
"Definitely," said Rhodes. "We are making cases. We are making visual sweeps with the Marshal's department."
Code enforcement collected a truck load full of signs in a matter of minutes.
Bill did not stick around.
"As soon as we got here," said Donna Tyra with code enforcement. "They got up and drove away."
They left in such a hurry that they left their chair behind.
"They should know not to put any signs in the right of way," said Rhodes. "It's a safety issue. It confuses drivers and pedestrians. It's littering."
It is okay for you to hold your sign. You can't post it. Code enforcement will be conducting random sweeps throughout the week.