City conducts random sweeps for illegally posted signs

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

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.

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  • by ME Location: GA. on Apr 7, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    With all the crime going on THIS is what you want to focus on? When you catch all the rapists, pedophiles, and just thugs running the streets then come talk to me about some ****** signs.
  • by Resident Location: Martinez on Apr 7, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Well it just shows if you are rich you can make people enforce laws but if you are a working person forget it. "we do not have enough resources" is the typical response. The National is a bunch of people making money that invest elsewhere and just sit back and laugh at what they can force a city to do. They even cause unnecessary expenses to taxpayers for Military here for school by allowing hotels to increase rates by 4 times the normal or even reasonable rates. Greed catering to greed and they do not think this is an issue to them probably because they offshore money or hide it in tax writeoffs. FAIR TAX is the only TAX that is correct and go after the hotel owners for price gouging people, I bet most of them are not native of this country and got Gov loan/grants so we get screwed coming and going.
  • by TK3 on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:01 PM
    I have no desire for tickets but the agent is wrong as far as homemade signs being "unsafe" or even as confusing to drivers and pedestrians as government, business and political signs everywhere you look. Yes the signs can be considered "littering" if they are not removed in a reasonable-time but then, "reasonable" is not what our government is about now. Even though you have a RIGHT to protest or hold signs about anything on the public right-a-way (if you don't cause REAL traffic problems) you will likely have to explain your rights to a politically appointed judge from jail and in the meantime you and your signs have been removed from public-view by Big Brothers many hired hands.
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