2010 Maryland Code
TRANSPORTATION
TITLE 21 - VEHICLE LAWS - RULES OF THE ROAD
Subtitle 2 - Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings
Section 21-205 - Display of unauthorized signs, signals, or markings.

§ 21-205. Display of unauthorized signs, signals, or markings.
 

(a)  General prohibition.- A person may not place, maintain, or display on or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device that purports to be, is an imitation of, or resembles a traffic control device or a railroad sign or signal. 

(b)  Signs, etc., directing movement of traffic.- A person may not place, maintain, or display on or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device that attempts to direct the movement of traffic. 

(c)  Signs, etc., interfering with effectiveness of traffic control devices or railroad signs.- A person may not place, maintain, or display on or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device that hides or interferes with the effectiveness of a traffic control device or a railroad sign or signal. 

(d)  Placing signs, etc., except as otherwise permitted by law.- A person may not place, maintain, or display on or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device that, except as otherwise permitted by law, contains: 

(1) Any of the following words: "stop", "curve", "warning", "slow", "danger", "listen", "look", or "school"; or 

(2) Any other word used in directing the movement of traffic. 

(e)  Commercial advertising prohibited.- A person may not place or maintain on any highway nor may any public authority permit on any highway any traffic sign or signal that has any commercial advertising on it. 

(f)  Erection on private property of certain directional signs permitted.- This section does not prohibit the placement on private property adjacent to a highway of a sign giving useful directional information, if the sign is of a type that cannot be mistaken for an official sign and is placed with the approval of the State Highway Administration. 

(g)  Prohibited signs, etc., a public nuisance.- Each sign, signal, marking, or device prohibited by this section is a public nuisance, and the authority that has jurisdiction over the highway may remove it without notice. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 661/2, § 11-205; art. 89B, § 103; 1977, ch. 14, § 2; 1986, ch. 472, § 1.] 
 

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