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NM officials to allow digital signs along highways

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- State officials will allow digital billboards along interstate highways and other federal routes in New Mexico.

The state Transportation Commission yesterday approved rule changes that will legalize electronic billboards.

The current rules hadn't been revised since being adopted in 1998.

The commission approved an amendment that requires off-premises digital billboards to be spaced at least 1,000 feet apart regardless of face orientation.

The state Department of Transportation and representatives of Scenic America and the outdoor advertising industry also agreed to an amendment to restrict off-premises digital billboards to municipalities, towns and villages.

Outdoor advertisers already use digital signs in some places in New Mexico, including within the city of Albuquerque.

Critics say the signs are visual blight that damage the night sky, but outdoor advertising companies deny that claim.

 

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