City to Eye Ban on Sign Flipping

Cartersville councilmen are set to meet tonight at 6 for a work session and 7 for regular business.

After months of discussion on revisions to the city's sign ordinance, Cartersville councilmen tonight are set to vote on a measure that would outlaw the flipping or twirling of signs.

The city and local business The Sign Flipper had been at odds for some time following concerns that "sign flippers" distract drivers and could be a liability for property owners, reported.

The proposed ordinance amendment also would prohibit advertisers from holding or displaying signs on public streets or rights-of-way. The size of signs held or worn in other areas would be limited to 10 square feet.

Are sign flippers a danger to motorists and others or a harmless art of advertising? Should the city prohibit or allow it? Tell us in the comments.

Council has a number of items on its agenda, including a rezoning request that would allow the expansion of the , a proposal to name Pettit Creek Trail the "J. Wayne Self Boardwalk," and several contracts and purchases. Find the full agenda packet attached.

Rhonda May 03, 2012 at 02:30 PM
If they ban the signs then they would be taking away someones income and jobs are so hard to find and get right now. Some people do what they have to just to survive right now. I don't see anything wrong with having these signs. We have had them for some time now and how many accidents have there been because of the signs none that I have read about. I say let them stay.
Deborah Reynolds May 03, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I agree with Rhonda....what a goofy thing for the City to be spending time on.... If the drivers aren't paying attention to their driving...that's their fault.
Brett Gregory May 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
If the sign flippers are that big of a distraction let the kids drive then.. some folks are just never happy.. ive passed sign flippers and i havnt wrecked.
Howard Johnson May 03, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Never notice them. Too busy texting.
Andrew May 03, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Personally, I don't see the need for such a ban. I wouldn't think that person flipping a sign would cause an accident. The time it takes to read the advertisement is no more than a couple of seconds. Furthermore, it will put even more people out of work in an already weakened economy.
Cozmos May 03, 2012 at 06:01 PM
The sign flippers are usually at or near intersections and they aren't a distraction to me. I enjoy watching them perform while I wait at these endlessly long traffic signals. I think the city should have to pay unemployment compensation if they cause them to lose their jobs!
Larry May 03, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Good Lord get a life!
John Whitten May 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Are tax money hard at work!
Scrumpty a la cart May 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
That's "our" not "are" but I completely agree with you. There is no need to waste time on this issue. You brought it up fine. If there is a wreck and a sign flipper is found to be to blame, somehow, indemnify the city from being sued and move on to more important business.
Bill Thrasher May 03, 2012 at 09:53 PM
now Larry, that's funny!
cmefly May 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
when is it going to stop. read between the lines if they stop the sign flipers then they will go after evey sign for sale signs in cars,houses and yard sales, pepole need to standup and say leave us alone.
JJ May 04, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I suspect that this is a step toward "licensing" Sign Flippers and, thus, be able to charge a fee for the license... The good news is that Sign Flippers distract drivers from texting while driving...
cmefly May 09, 2012 at 10:36 AM
your right jj i would rather have sign flipper than pepole texting and grils puting on there makeup and trying to drive they sould out law that
Sandra Brubaker-Hailey May 12, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I don't see anything wrong with sign flippers. It is great entertainment at intersections when you are waiting at a long red light.
Mark May 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM
You all are missing the point. Ever had one of them lose control of a sign and throw it on your car or out in front of your car in traffic? Ever had to swerve into the lane fo traffic beside you because a flipper stepped into your lane to catch his or her sign? That's the distraction. They often don't stand far enough back from traffic in order not to be a hazard.


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