LITTLE ORLEANS, Md. (AP) — The State Highway Administration says a volunteer fire company in western Maryland need not fear a crackdown on commercial signs along state highways.

The agency said Tuesday that the ban doesn’t apply to chicken barbecues advertised by the Orleans Volunteer Fire Company on temporary signs the group periodically places along Interstate 68 near Little Orleans.

Fire company Chief John Clingerman told the Cumberland Times-News Monday that the fundraisers were threatened by a new law establishing a $25 fine for illegal commercial signs along state highways. The State Highway Administration started enforcing the law last month.

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Comments (4)
  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Why should we compromise on the law for a fire department? That is showing preferential treatment and is not fair. If the law states that the signs are illegal, then they are illegal, period. It can’t be illegal for some and not others. If you make an exception for one, you will eventually have to make exceptions for others until no one is following the law. The fire department should stop whining and start looking for a new way to advertise its precious barbeques. It’s nice to see where their priories lie. I mean, forget that the signs could possibly be dangerous by impeding a drivers view. Just make sure that your chicken barbeques are properly advertised. What I want to know is how can a politician actually be asking that we ignore the law for a certain group and not others? Oh wait, that was a stupid question.

    1. Trish says:

      I am sure the signs are not impeding drivers’ views. And this is a volunteer fire company – they exist for the benefit of the community. You act like this is equivalent to someone’s yard sale signs. Their fundraisers buy vital equipment that SAVES PEOPLES’ LIVES. What a bloody idiot you are.

  2. Donna says:

    There are other ways to raise funds for a volunteer fire dept. Some have family photo fundraisers during the holidays, carnivals held at the FD or surrounding area promoting fundraising, bingo at fire halls, bull & oyster roasts, the list goes on and on. For the “Bloody Idiiot” commentor, there have been signs promoting chicken dinners blocking driver’s views. Be for real. Having a chicken dinners is not the only concept to fundraising.

  3. peter o neil says:

    Fuc those volunteer fire fighters. They start half the fires themselves anyway & when not setting them they are back @ the station watching porn & drinking beer. Highway signs are ugly & look terrible on the highways also.