Local leaders want area youth to know that damaging or stealing county property can come at a steep cost — not just for the county, but the perpetrator.
County commissioners talked Monday about the frequency of people doing donuts on local dirt roads and doing substantial damage. They also talked about road signs — particularly stop signs — being stolen and the potential serious injury and loss of life that can follow such a theft.
County attorney Mike Pruett emphasized the serious consequences someone could face if they stole a sign that led to an accident.
“If there’s an injury or a fatality, then that becomes part of the crime,” said Pruett. “Then, it’s not just stealing a sign, but manslaughter.”
Commission chairman Anthony Dove said he hopes local youth will realize that damaging roads and stealing signs needs to stop. He said it is a safety hazard for others and a cost to taxpayers.
“We were all young once but tearing up roads and stealing signs costing each and every taxpayer,” he said.
Dove urged anyone who sees roads vandalized or signs stolen to call 9-1-1 or the sheriff’s office at 706-795-6202.
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