Political signs picked up by NMDOT

Posted at: 06/05/2014 5:05 PM
Updated at: 06/05/2014 6:27 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You know it's campaign season when you see political signs all over the place. These signs can be a distraction for drivers.

According to  the Albuquerque Code Enforcement, campaigners have up to ten days to remove signs after election night, but the New Mexico Department of Transportation won't wait that long if they are on the right-of-way.

Phil Gallegos, a spokesperson with NMDOT, says they'll pick up the signs anytime and it's it's all about your safety.

"They detract from the attention of the drivers. They can cause problems with cars having to pull off the roads so it's kind of an ongoing thing during the campaign season that gets worse because of all the political signs," Gallegos said.

Crews won't only pick up political signs. Advertisements. Garage sale posters. They're all up for grabs.

"We're always fighting that fight as far as removing these and I just wish these people would understand that it takes a lot of time and effort on our part to keep those things out of the right of way," he said.

Despite the safety concern, Gallegos says right now there is no punishment that originates from NMDOT for the people who put up the signs.

They holds onto the signs for up to three weeks. Campaigners can pick them up at the NMDOT district site off I-25 near Paseo del Norte. If nobody picks up the signs, they simply throw them away.