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Traffic Signs on PRIVATE PROPERTY

TRAFFIC SIGNS (speed limit, "STOP", Parking, Regulatory, Warning etc.) on PRIVATE PROPERTY

With the exception of roads that are clearly posted “NO TRESPASSING, Violators will be Prosecuted” (and/or gated and locked, if your local jurisdiction requires it),

Traffic Signs installed along roads on PRIVATE PROPERTY MUST comply with the same state, county or city sign SIZE and GRADE of reflective sheeting requirements as signs on highways, city streets and other PUBLIC roads.

This requirement applies to

  • Residences (except for very short driveways leading to a garage)
  • Residential Sub-Divisions where the roads are privately owned and maintained (Home-Owner’s Association etc.)
  • Farms, ranches, orchards and other agricultural areas
  • Commercial Property (strip and shopping malls, hospitals and other medical facilities, businesses, etc.)
  • Industrial Property (factories, warehouses, mines etc.)
  • Any other privately owned road that is NOT posted “NO TRESPASSING” (and, in some areas, must also be gated and locked) and is therefore “Open to Public Travel”

This requirement comes as a shock to most people, but it’s the LAW in all 50 statesand US Possessions.

Privately owned roads are deemed:

  • OPEN TO PUBLIC TRAVEL: If the US Post Office, UPS, FedEx, newspaper or other delivery drivers, the electric, gas or water meter reader, employees, relatives, guests or visitors, or even “lost drivers”, or ANYONE, invited or not, can drive on your road, by law your road on private property is considered “Open to Public Travel”if it is NOT posted “No Trespassing”
  • and therefore TRAFFIC SIGNS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY MUST COMPLY WITH THE SAME SIZE AND GRADE (of reflective sheeting) REQUIREMENTS AS SIGNS INSTALLED BY THE STATE, COUNTY OR CITY ON THEIR PUBLIC STREETS.
  • Incidentally, you are also required to maintain the road to minimum standards (must be “safe”, free of major potholes, trees must be trimmed to allow good visibility, etc.)

Will your local city or county jurisdiction issue you a citation if a) no sign is present or b) if it’s too small or c) not the required grade of reflective sheeting? 

  • Some jurisdictions do, many are too busy and do not bother.

Will you be sued if a Florist (attempting to deliver flowers a relative sent you) wrecked his/her truck because the Speed Limit, “Narrow Road”, “Curve” or other traffic sign was too small or not the required grade of reflectivity? 

  • Probably YES; and they WILL win in court because your traffic signs are not in compliance for a road “Open to Public Travel”.

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