Stop sign prank a ‘safety hazard’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — What some people may have considered a joke is costing the city hundreds of dollars, and law enforcement officials say it could have put lives in danger.

Someone recently changed the stop sign at SE 30th and Alder to read “YOLO” — an acronym for “you only live once”.

“This is a safety hazard we take very seriously,” Dylan Rivera with the Portland Bureau of Transportation said.

City crews are working to replace the sign.

“This is an unnecessary cost,” Rivera said. “It’s really sad someone would do this kind of thing, something like this is relatively rare and we take it very seriously.”

The person behind the sign switch hasn’t been identified, but they could face criminal mischief charges.

City officials want citizens to report these types of situations by calling the PBOT 24 hour dispatch line: 503.823.1700.

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