Rules of the Road: Are there regulations on sandwich boards along roads?

FOR THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 30, 2013 

Question: Are there any city or state laws that regulate how or where a business may display temporary advertising signs, such as a sandwich board placed along the side of the road?

Answer: Yes, in most areas there are. They are governed by the respective jurisdictions and their ordinances.

Q: At some intersections, such as Slater and Haxton roads, sometimes the light will not turn green when approached when the cross traffic is totally empty. Is it legal to disregard the light when it is obviously malfunctioning? I have waited some times as much as five minutes just to see if it might turn, without it doing so.

A: I don't know if that light is on a sensor system (loops in the roadway) or if it is on a timer system. If you have continually had problems in this area, have you tried to contact public works about it? I believe that intersection is probably under the control of Whatcom County Public Works Maintenance and Operations. At other intersections, it's best to contact the proper jurisdiction's public works or roads division.

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