FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Drivers have probably seen the “STOP Raising Taxes Vote Republican” signs that are scattered around Fairfield roads, but some have been considered a concern for drivers.
The complaint from Democratic Town Committee Chair Ellery Plotkin, suggested that drivers might become confused at the extra stop signs along the road and stop in places they shouldn’t.
Fairfield police spokesman Lt. Sue Lussier said that, the complaint to the Police Department regarding the signs, suggested that signs might be in violation of state traffic laws. Police made an investigation of several instances, and found that six were in violation and too close to the intersection, and removed them.
“We felt that the six that were removed could present a hazard,” Lussier said. Any further sign removal requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis, she added. “We aren’t going to go actively looking for signs.”
For Fairfield Republican Town Committee Chair James Millington, the complaint from the Democrats is "shameful" and a political game.
“I find it very difficult to believe that anyone would mistake these signs for an official Department of Transportation sign. We have trouble getting people to stop for real stop signs nevermind our 22" x 22" signs which sit flush with the ground,” Millington said. “I have gone to several locations where we have these signs prominently posted and I have not observe one vehicle stop. The company that make the signs have sold thousands of them over several years and have never received such a complaint.”
Millington said that if residents believe the stop signs create a hazard they should contact the Republican Party which would be willing to take the signs down themselves.
“We’re not going to get involved with a political debate,” Lussier said, adding that the department has had a high rate of burglaries, arrests and accidents since the beginning of September and the Police Department can’t afford to redirect their focus away from public safety.
The Democrats had not responded to requests for comment at time of reporting.