Know the Signs

Regulation of campaign signs along the highway.

Department of Transportation News Release

With election season coming up, Molokai residents should know the sign rules. Handheld campaign signs or posting within the rights–of-way of freeways is prohibited.

Highway maintenance crew will remove without notification any sign other than approved traffic control devices that are erected within a public highway.

The signs will be held at the state highways district office.  Call the office on each island to make arrangements to pick up the signs.

All campaigners are urged to exercise the following precautions:
     •    Do not stand, lean into, or extend signs in the travel way.
     •    Signs and campaigners should be positioned so as to avoid obstructing a driver’s view of approaching vehicles, pedestrians, sign and traffic control devices.
     •    Do not stand on highway medial strips.
     •    Do not obstruct pedestrian traffic on sidewalks and at crosswalks.

In addition, the law states that no person shall hold or display a sign within the right-of-way boundaries of any highway in any manner which draws, is intended to draw, or may draw the attention of occupants of motor vehicles using a highway if the person is:
     •    Within fifty feet of a pedestrian control signal;
     •    Within twenty feet of a pedestrian crosswalk;
     •    On a median strip of a divided highway;
     •    On a traffic island;
     •    Closer than six feet to the edge of the pavement or other surface of the highway;
     •    On a pedestrian or vehicular overpass structure which crosses above or adjacent to any highway.

No person shall hold or display a sign within the right-of-way boundaries of a highway in any manner which draws, is intended to draw, or may draw the attention of drivers of motor vehicles if the sign is illuminated with artificial light from a light source attached to the sign, held by a person, or powered by a portable generator.

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