Kentucky Officials Want New Electronic Billboards Taken Down

State and Lexington leaders are now demanding new electronic billboards be taken down.
They say the signs are illegal, and a danger to drivers.
One of them was just put up in Lexington, along Nicholasville Road near Regency Center.
Three others were just put up along interstates in northern Kentucky.
They've already grabbed the attention of city and state leaders. But they say the new high tech billboards, that resemble big TVs, violate state and city laws. Those laws prevent any sign along a road, except for informational signs, to flash or blink.
Drivers in Lexington have taken notice of the new billboard here. That has Lexington building inspectors, who control billboards, worried. They say the glowing signs take attention from the road.
The director of building inspection in Lexington tells 27 NEWSFIRST the company that owns the billboard never applied for a permit to change the standard billboard on Nicholasville Road to the new electronic monitor.
He says the city didn't even know it was there until a citizen complained about it being distracting.
The city and the Kentucky Department of Transportation have sent letters to Lamar Advertising, who owns the billboards. Lamar has been informed the signs violate city ordinances, and they have 30 days to take them down.
Lexington's Director of Building Inspection says Lamar can bring the matter before the Board of Adjustments, or appeal to have the law changed. So far, he says they haven't responded.
Lamar also did not respond to 27 NEWSFIRST's request for a comment.
One of the companies advertising on the Lexington electronic billboard removed its ad today, saying it doesn't want to be part of anything that violates a city ordinance.


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  • by unavailable Location: Rockcastle on May 18, 2007 at 03:50 AM
    I think the one's at Rupp should be taken down too if this is the issue of illegal. I believe it is more about a money issue that anything. If you are truly worried about distraction while driving you would stop driving with cell phone in hand, and pass a law for handsfree devices.
  • by Seriously?? on May 17, 2007 at 07:59 AM
    This is just another example of how our city manages to control everything it cannot profit from. If your attention span is that small - you shouldn't drive! Grow up people!
  • by J Location: R on May 17, 2007 at 05:52 AM
    I saw one of these on N'ville Rd. and YES, they are distracting. I don't care what anyone says. Because of how they stand out, all it takes is for the screen to change and then you read it and by then you are in an accident. My God, people in lexington already drive poorly by going 25 in a 45 or running redlights or not paying attention to when it is their turn to go.
  • by STEVE Location: LEXINGTON on May 17, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    DOES THIS MEAN THE CITY OF LEXINGTON IS GOING TO REMOVE THE ELECTRONIC DISPLAYS AT RUPP AND THE CONVENTION CENTER LOCATIONS ? THE CITY SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAW ALSO!
  • by Donald Location: Lexington on May 17, 2007 at 04:35 AM
    This is unbelieveable, anyone that can be distracted by a billboard that is say 50 to 60 feet high is going to be distracted by it weather it flashes or not. To not allow new technology, just means more billboards that ruin the skyline. The new boards allow multiple companies to advertise in the same space. We have got to quit blaming everyone else for our own shortcomings.
  • by Jon Location: Lexington on May 16, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    In my opinion this is silly. I lived in Cincinnati over 10 years ago and they had billboards that changed, although obviously that long ago, they were not as high-tech. I can understand the concern, but this is typical over-reaction on the part of the public.
  • by Jodi Location: Nicholasville on May 16, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    Is this all our "officials" have to complain about. Really, electronic billboards. I am sure there are more pressing matters to deal with right now.
  • by melissa Location: ky on May 16, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    there are enough distractions on the roads without having signs that could possibly cause more accidents.
  • by Kathy Location: Nicholasville on May 16, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    What to do? Haha. New technology......yes it catches my attention along with everything else on the "stip" of Nicholasville Road......The whole area is nothing more than a commercial any way. This really made no difference in my attention to my driving.....

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