Increase in theft, damage to road signs regarding: Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways
There are 26,000 kilometers of roads in Saskatchewan. On these highways, there are 120,000 signs.
David Horth, communications director for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways, said about 13,000 signs are replaced each year as part of the maintenance.
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Although the department does not keep track of the number of damaged signs, Horth said he had noticed many more vandalized or missing signs.
âWe are noticing more cases of vandalism and theft this year,â Horth said.
“In some cases the whole panel, including the post, is gone.”
Horth said there had been reports and evidence of damage from bullet holes.
He said signs are an essential part of day-to-day driving and that while the ministry tries to stay on top of things, it doesn’t always get notified right away that a sign is missing.
âSafety information for something is really critical when it comes to shutting down,â Horth said.
âIt could be very serious. Doing so will result in an accident, serious injury or even death. “
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Horth said the number of cases that have occurred this year is concerning.
âAnyone caught damaging or stealing a road sign can be prosecuted. We all report (cases) to the RCMP, âHorth said. âWe want (those responsible) to face the consequences. It is also illegal.
Horth said the cost to replace a panel is $ 600.
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