Electronic Billboards Nixed Along WV Highway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Winfield, WV. (AP) -- Putnam County Commissioners have nixed the idea of allowing electronic billboards along a busy highway intersection out of safety concerns.

The Putnam County Commission approved a recommendation by the county's planning commission to deny Lamar Advertising's request to change a county zoning ordinance.

The Kenova advertising firm wanted to put digital billboards along U.S. Route 35 near the Interstate 64 interchange.

David Powell of the Planning Commission said Tuesday that Lamar's request would cause too much of a distraction to drivers.

County commissioners said they would like to see more studies on how dangerous changing electronic signs are to drivers.

Commissioner Gary Tillis said allowing electronic billboards could bring in additional revenue.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Doug Location: Lowell on May 13, 2009 at 09:28 PM
    Distracting??? Drivers are too busy carrying on their cell phone conversations to even notice other vehicles so I'm sure billboards will be no distraction.
  • by Flasher Location: Ripley on May 13, 2009 at 02:37 PM
    How are digital billboards more dangerous than moving panel billboards or "shocking" picture billboards? I think as long as they don't "flash" or "strobe", they should be allowed. Taxed, but allowed. Let's get the highway maintanence budget a shot in the arm from these revenue generators...
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