As of Tuesday, September 2, 2014
To the editor:
(Edited for length.)
City sees evolution in yard sale signs. I must say I disagree with the statement that it is a violation of traffic law to paint directional information on our vehicles. This is only partially correct.
No sign, poster, one-way glass, adhesive ﬁlm, or glaze application is allowed on the windshield or the windows forward of or on either side of the driver’s seat if the material prevents or impairs the ability to see into or out of the vehicle.
Please tell me where it states in the traffic laws that it is a violation to post a sign or use window chalk to mark a yard sale or any sign for that matter on the rear side windows of the vehicle? Can anyone please point that out to me? I have read and reread the traffic laws and I find that the city is simply omitting important facts where they see fit to make the laws bendable for their pleasure.
I am sure city workers have better things to do other than worry about signs on a “public” street, or at least they should. I understand not posting signs on telephone poles as it does pose a risk to those that may need to climb the polls and I understand that leaving signs on street corners can become unsightly and trashy. However I do not understand how a sign written in window chalk on a vehicle is against the law or problematic.
If this is the case then all signs on vehicles should be banned, including but not limited to, “Vote for, Congratulations, Just Married, Go Team, ” etc. This is ridiculous. I feel that the City of The Dalles should focus their attention on other important needs of the city: Empty buildings, loitering, homeless or stranded people on corners asking for handouts, the lack of activities for children and teens, etc.
Many people may not know that yard and garage sales in the U.S. got their start in shipyards in the early 1800s with “rommage sales,” where the yards would sell unclaimed cargo at a discounted rate. Later in the 19th century the sales moved to community centers like churches and really began to thrive, until they became what we know them as today in the 1950s and 60s. Posting of signs in car windows and on corners is a past time in history and you can’t change history.