Stealing traffic and street signs with catchy names to decorate a dorm room is just a harmless prank, right? Wrong. Stealing signs is a serious crime that endangers others — and it’s happening at an alarming rate in College Station. Continue reading Traffic sign thieves endanger lives, risk serious jail time
Most people know traffic and street signs are vital to not only find your way around but to keep you and your family safe. Unfortunately, some folks seem to think those bright, reflective signs are better suited for trophies, souvenirs, or apartment decorations. Last year’s price tag for replacing missing or stolen signs totaled more than $28,000. Continue reading Don’t mistake our street signs for souvenirs
By Lee Robinson, Traffic Systems Superintendent
For some reason, quite a few folks in College Station seem to take pride in having a stop, warning or street sign hanging on their wall like a hunting trophy.
Stealing traffic signs may seem like a harmless prank, but these signs aren’t intended to be apartment decorations. They are designed to protect public safety by regulating, guiding and warning motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Some signs may bear a family or girlfriend’s name, remind someone of a favorite place, or have a double meaning. In College Station, it’s not hard to figure out why someone would want signs from Kyle Avenue, 12th Man Circle, and even Papa Bear Drive.
We’re constantly looking for new technologies to tamper-proof and track the signs, but they still keep disappearing. Last year, 151 of our traffic signs were reported missing.