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Indiana residents asked to keep campaign signs off roadways

CHANTILLY, VA - MAY 02: Tom Seeman of Leesburg, VA, puts up yard signs for former Virginia Gov. George Allen's U.S. Senate campaign ahead of an event with Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at Exhibit Edge, a woman-owned company that makes graphic and trade show displays, May 2, 2012 in Chantilly, Virginia. Romney's campaign has moved into general election mode now that his last challenger for the GOP momination, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, will announce the suspension of his campaign later today. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS –Indiana transportation officials are asking residents to keep state roadways clear of campaign signs for safety reasons.

The Indiana Department of Transportation put out a news release Thursday for political candidates and their supporters. The department says intersections, interchanges and rights of way along roadways shouldn’t have signs. Rights of way boundaries include fence lines, back of ditches or behind utility poles.

State law gives local governments the right to remove advertising signs from highways. The transportation department says its staff removes signs that it deems potential safety hazards during normal maintenance.