Council appeals for end to stop sign theft

Council appeals for end to stop sign theft

Some of the stolen and damaged stop signs. The damage has been reported to gardai.

A number of stop signs have been reported stolen to the gardaí. Cork County Council made a complaint to the gardaí after a spate of stop sign thefts.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Gillian Coughlan said: “What has happened across these locations is of immense concern. Cutting down or stealing a stop sign is not a game. It puts all our road users at risk. “It can lead to serious crashes if drivers are not aware that they need to stop at a junction.

Some of the stolen and damaged stop signs. The damage has been reported to gardai.
Some of the stolen and damaged stop signs. The damage has been reported to gardai.

"Cork County Council is taking these incidents extremely seriously and have reported the matter to gardaí. I am urging people to report any suspicious activity and to please think of the possible ramifications of how these actions could impact on innocent victims.”

Some of the stolen and damaged stop signs. The damage has been reported to gardai.
Some of the stolen and damaged stop signs. The damage has been reported to gardai.

The unauthorised removal of a stop sign is prohibited under Section 13(10)(a)(III) of the Roads Act 1993 which states: “A person who, without lawful authority or consent of road authority does anything that is a hazard or potential hazard to persons using a public road or the maintenance of the road shall be guilty of an offence.”

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