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RI city has hundreds of illegal stop signs

November 24, 2010

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CRANSTON, R.I.—Cranston officials are trying to figure out what to do about nearly 700 illegal stop signs on city streets.

Mayor Allan Fung says the 692 illegal stop signs -- more than a quarter of the city's 2,600 total -- were put up by previous administrations without following proper legal procedures.

The octagonal red signs are supposed to be approved by the city council after a report from the traffic engineer.

The problem came to light when councilors learned that many tickets given out for running the illegal signs were being tossed out of court when judges found the signs were not on city's books.

Fung says the most efficient thing to do is just make the illegal signs legal in one stroke, because reviewing them one by one could take years.