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Delaware Candidates Racking Up Fines for Illegally Placed Signs

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With the Sept. 13 primary approaching, more than a dozen politicians statewide have been fined for having illegally placed signs.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that 13 politicians' campaign signs have been spotted on utility poles, medians or too close to the road in the past three months.

Delaware Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Westhoff says the signs can obstruct motorists' views if they are placed within 10 feet of a road.

Violating signs are confiscated, and the owner is given a warning for the first offense. A subsequent offense brings a $25 fine.

Westhoff says the department removed about 3,800 signs during 2012, the last major election year.

Democratic congressional candidate Scott Walker has racked up 17 violations, more than anyone else this year.

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