Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

It's No Sign of the Times

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

It's No Sign of the Times

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Ashley Clark

ashley.clark@news-mail.com.au

A MAYORAL candidate has decided not to display roadside election signage due to the distraction he believes the signs cause to drivers.

Reid Schirmer told the NewsMail that election signage was a real cause for concern for road safety, especially near schools.

"Businesses generally do not advertise in the same way and so candidates at election time shouldn't either," he said.

"The roadside signs take the concentration of drivers away from keeping their eyes on the road. This is a major concern. Roadside signs near schools for example, become a safety issue for parents and children."

The Department of Transport and Main Roads issue road safety regulations to all candidates prior to election, stating the correct procedure for erecting election signs.

Regulations include the maximum size of an election sign as 0.6sqm and in rural areas where the speed limit is 80km/h or less, election signs must be located at least 31/2 metres from the edge of the nearest traffic lane. …

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