October 30, 2005

THE ISSUE: -- Legislation proposed by Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens would severely limit those ubiquitous roadside signs on county roads advertising everything from cheap mortgage rates to open houses to landscaping businesses. The so-called "bandit signs" are an effective form of mass advertising, but many residents don't like the clutter and say the signs could cause accidents as drivers slow down to read them. Are the signs really a problem?

Dangerous signs are also an eyesore

Bandit signs create a hazard because, in most cases, you are driving while trying to read them, and/or you are trying to write down a telephone number to call for that service. It is difficult enough to drive the roads in this day and time, but when you find people slowing down to read a sign, it is just too dangerous. They also are an eyesore. The signs need to go away.

Mitzi Anderson


Fines could bring in extra revenue

The number of bandit signs that propagate around Anne Arundel County leave both the residents and our visitors with a less than tidy vision (both in the signs themselves and the resulting trash when they inevitably blow away) of our home. Cracking down on the illegal signs would both beautify the county and possibly add to the county coffers in the form of citations to persons and businesses that scoff at keeping our county and home beautiful.

William M. Krozack


Businesses unfairly save on advertising

We need this sign law passed now. Without it, our roads will continue to be a safety hazard and we don't need the trash advertising provided by the businesses who don't want to spend their money on legitimate advertising.

Kerry Muse


Residents must insist on cleaner roads

I recently moved back to Anne Arundel County from Plano, Texas, and was shocked by the trashy signs all around me. From the roadside signs to the beer banners, I am getting spammed every time I get in my car. My child does not need to know a 30-pack of Coors Light is $15.75! All forms of outdoor advertising whether on a county road or on a building owned by a business should be subject to zoning regulations. Since there is no self-regulation by business owners, the citizens must speak up and clean up our towns.

D. Gray


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