Vandalizing traffic signs can be a matter of life and death
March 26, 1999 (Release 99-055)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Kim Athon, (785) 296-3585
signs can be a matter of life and death
It's not a game. It's dangerous and it's against
the law. Vandalizing any highway traffic sign, including stop
signs, can cause a serious accident and is a punishable
The Kansas Department of Transportation reminds everyone of
the vital need for safety on or near any roadway. Any person or
persons caught tampering with roadway traffic signs exposes
themselves to criminal prosecution.
Under Kansas law, tampering with a traffic signal is
intentionally altering, destroying or removing any sign or signal
that controls or directs traffic. It is a Class C misdemeanor
with a fine of up to $500 and/or up to one month in jail.
The law considers aggravated tampering with a traffic signal
to be any tampering which results or could result in an accident
causing injury or death. This offense is a Severity Level 7
non-person felony with a fine of up to $100,000. A person with no
prior convictions can receive up to 13 months in jail; a person
with prior convictions can receive up to 34 months in jail.
KDOT encourages everyone to drive safely and follow all
traffic rules and regulations. It can be a matter of life and