As of October 1, the State of Maryland is taking an aggressive approach to removing and preventing illegal signs placed in the right-of-way along state highways. The law gives companies a three-month grace period to remove all commercal signs from the medians and rights-of-way along state roads. After the three-month period, the state will remove the signs and fine those responsible for them.

Many commercial businesses take advantage of the traffic-heavy roadways to advertise their services, and the practice has been a major headache and expense to road crews. Under the new law, starting on January 1, there will be a $25 fine levied for each illegal sign placed along state roads.