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Vandals strike once more

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at 6:34 AM

Looks like vandals were loose again over the weekend.

Early Monday morning a Shelbyville police officer could be heard radioing headquarters that the traffic lights had been shot out at Depot Street and the square.

Traffic devices and signs draw vandals like magnets. Lights have to be replaced several times a year.

State officials attempted to place deer crossing signs -- complete with images of leaping deer -- alongside some roadways. Most were shot to pieces by people who apparently couldn't find the real thing. I suspect serious hunters weren't the ones shooting the signs.

And good luck trying to find your way around in rural areas of Bedford County if you're unfamiliar with the roads. Many of the road signs are constantly stolen.

Seems like people who steal or destroy government property would realize they (or their parents, since I'd guess many of the vandals are teenagers) are paying the costs themselves. Some people just don't think -- or care.

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.