2021 Georgia Code
Title 40 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic
Chapter 6 - Uniform Rules of the Road
Article 2 - Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings
§ 40-6-26. Interference With Official Traffic-Control Devices or Certain Signs; Travel on Closed Highway Prohibited

Universal Citation: GA Code § 40-6-26 (2021)
  1. No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down, or remove any official traffic-control device or any railroad sign or signal or any inscription, shield, or insignia thereon or any other part thereof.
  2. No person shall, without lawful authority, drive around or through or ignore any official traffic-control device so as to go onto an officially closed highway or road or onto a section of highway or road before it has been officially opened to the public. This Code section shall not apply to police officers in the performance of their duties, to individuals domiciled or making their livelihood within the affected area, or to any person authorized to be in the affected area by the appropriate municipal, county, or state officer.

(Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 556, § 39; Code 1933, § 68A-206, enacted by Ga. L. 1974, p. 633, § 1; Ga. L. 1990, p. 2048, § 5.)

Cross references.

- Provisions regarding interference with traffic-control devices, § 32-6-50.


Unwarranted alteration of stop sign negligence per se.

- Whether a traffic control device was initially erected by authority of the State Highway Department (now Department of Transportation) or by local municipal authorities, an unwarranted alteration of the stop sign (allegedly replaced after installation of gas lines so as to face in the wrong direction) constitutes a violation of Ga. L. 1953, Nov.-Dec. Sess., p. 556 and is negligence per se. Richards & Assocs. v. Studstill, 92 Ga. App. 853, 90 S.E.2d 56 (1955), rev'd on other grounds, 212 Ga. 375, 93 S.E.2d 3 (1956).

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