Update from the Marshal's Office

Friendly Reminder from the City of Bainbridge Marshal's Office
Posted on 04/25/2020
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This is a friendly reminder from the City of Bainbridge that placing any sign or other object in the right of way is illegal.

The city always sees a high number of campaign signs on the rights of way during election season. These signs are not authorized and are subject to removal.

It’s not unusual for city Marshal’s to uproot several hundred signs during an election year, said City Marshal Keith Pollock, “We take them back to City Hall and give the owners an opportunity to reclaim them,” he said. “Signs are kept at City Hall for 30 days before they are thrown away.”

Georgia Code 32-6-51 states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to erect, place or maintain within the right of way of any public road any sign, signal or other device except as authorized by subsection (d) of this Code section.” Violation is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or 12 months in jail.

Political signs typically increases during an election year, but they are not the only problem. Signs advertising yard sales, real estate or goods and services for sale are often found in the right of way. Unauthorized signs can distract drivers or obstruct their view, which creates a safety hazard.

The same rules apply for vehicles as well. Encroachment of any kind can quickly become a problem.

The width of the right of way depends on the route. If there are power poles on the right of way, the edge is usually in front of the poles.

 

To reclaim signs that have been removed by the city, please call (229) 248-2000.