‘Juvenile’ sign stealing costs Washington State taxpayers

Stealing signs with the numbers “420” and “69” may be amusing to some, but Washington State taxpayers are paying the price as the Department of Transportation replaces them.

The department has replaced 608 mile-marker signs since 2012, spokesperson Beth Bousley told the Seattle Times. Putting up a new sign can cost as much as $1,000, she said, diverting resources from other transportation maintenance projects.

Although thieves likely associate the signs with marijuana or a sexual position, the markers help emergency responders find people who need help, including crash victims. The signs also help locate places in rural areas and identify areas for repairs, Bousley told the Times.

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