Is it illegal to try and remove graffiti from a stop sign?

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12 Sep 2017, 9:34 pm

There is a stop sign near my house and someone glued lettering on it that is offensive and vulgar. I wanted to remove it. Someone said he caught me on "camera" doing this. I was trying to scrape it off, I realize it might not have been wise, but is it really illegal to try and fix it? I feel that such will bring the value of my neighborhood down. I don't like it in my area. It irks me that I'm somehow the one who is trouble for trying to what is right. What is the law on this?



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12 Sep 2017, 9:37 pm

Have you tried calling the local government to report that the sign is vandalized so that they can fix it?



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12 Sep 2017, 9:46 pm

Legally, you cannot interfere with a regulatory sign.
You must refer it to local council or whoever it is in your country.


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12 Sep 2017, 9:51 pm

naturalplastic wrote:
Have you tried calling the local government to report that the sign is vandalized so that they can fix it?


I will do that. I thought I could simply remove it easily , but it was pasted on and became a mess. I hope I will not be held liable, but this has happened before and its getting annoying.



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13 Sep 2017, 6:32 am

It's best to report it to your local authorities in charge of things like road signs.

I wouldn't go near it personally, for fear of someone seeing me and thinking it is me who is in the process of defacing the sign.



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13 Sep 2017, 8:32 am

I think it is a public spirited thing to do... but sadly open to misinterpretation. So... full marks for trying, but probably best to report to your local authority.


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