City May Legalize Mystery Stop Signs

Cranston, Rhode Island, finds about 600 undocumented signs
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2011 2:23 PM CST
Updated Feb 12, 2011 12:33 PM CST
City May Legalize Mystery Stop Signs
The first snow of the season hits a stop sign in Rye, Pa., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The city of Cranston, Rhode Island, is wrestling with what to do about an odd problem: It's found about 600 stop signs and seven yield signs at city intersections that aren't supposed to exist. Most were apparently put up on the sly by housing complexes in the name of safety, and the city appears poised to simply adopt most of them, notes the Lowering the Bar legal blog.

The issue came to light last year when a judge dismissed traffic tickets issued near some of the rogue signs, explains the Providence Journal. City employees then had to go through every street to document each sign that exists. The City Council is now moving toward legalizing them—except for some that were found to have been put up illegally by the state at intersections of city and state roads.
(More Rhode Island stories.)

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