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Dec 1, 2016

SIGNS THAT DISTRACTING DRIVERS * USA

* New York - State, federal officials to meet on ‘I Love NY’ tourism signs

--- Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau will meet with New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matt Driscoll next month to discuss a plan for taking down the more than 500 “I Love NY” tourism signs erected throughout the state, a spokesman for the federal agency said Monday... The spokesman, Neil Gaffney, said the officials will meet at the Federal Highway Administration’s Washington office. He said no specific date had been set. Earlier this month highway administration officials threatened to decrease the nearly $1 billion in federal funds the state receives annually for bridge and highway projects if the signs remained... State officials maintain the signs are a valuable tool in promoting New York’s lucrative tourism industry by providing information about the state’s attractions... But Gaffney said the signs do not conform to federal standards for such roadway signs and they are also unsafe because they contain so much information that they are distracting drivers... 
(Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp - The controversial blue New York State tourism signs on the Meadowbrook Parkway on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Freeport)   --  NY, USA - The Newsday, by Lisa Irizarry - November 28, 2016

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