State may ease restrictions on electronic signs

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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:00 pm

Glowing electronic billboards could soon be legal along interstates and other federal highways in New Mexico.

Advocates for dark skies think the lighted digital signs would be bad news for driver safety and the state’s nighttime skyscape. Outdoor advertisers, however, deny that digital billboards increase traffic accidents or negatively impact dark skies.

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  • Theo Wellington posted at 6:22 pm on Mon, Jan 27, 2014.

    Tmwellington Posts: 1

    We have these all over Nashville. To be seen in the daytime they are very bright, and most do not get turned down at night. One shines from across the interstate on the drum of our planetarium, you can watch the image change in the reflection of the light. I don't see any shielding on them at all. Way, way too bright at night. Ask that they be turned off at night when no one is looking at them anyway. I'd consider it a loss if New Mexico went down this road.

  • W.A. Russell posted at 4:48 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Willicent Posts: 3

    Just wait until some hacker changes the screen to display something not worthy for public viewing. Urban sprawl, and its consequences (e.g. Electronic Billboards), are a symptom of greed and leadership without vision. I would love to hear Frederick Law Olmsted or John Muirs' take on our vacillating governments impact on nature and the environment today. Where are the modern equivalents of our age and why don't they have the ears of the who's who? Has greed saturated all leaders beyond the point of no return? Its a shame that our environment lacks visionary advocacy unlike the fields of technology and, on occasion, medicine. I commend the naturalist pioneers of an age gone by for what preservation has occured to date.

  • Philip Taccetta posted at 4:15 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    PhiltheElder Posts: 433

    There's enough light pollution from sources exempt from state oversight, it would be criminal to allow more. Next time you drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe at night, look to the S.E. as you cross the Galisteo and look at the lights lighting up the escarpment and basin at the asphalt emulsion plant! Criminal - and untouchable - not only because it's on Tribal Trust Land, but because they claim a safety hazard. 50 acres of parking lots at Sandia Casino are lit up with no sky pollution - why can't a petroleum company spend a few bucks to be a good neighbor?

  • Rod Oldehoeft posted at 3:14 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Leading Edge Boomer Posts: 29

    Imagine driving home to SF from ABQ airport late at night. Cresting a hill, you're assaulted by a giant, digital sign for a casino that is the last thing you need to see at this point!

    To advertisers and Commission members: I will NEVER, NEVER spend any $ on any product or service that appears on such a billboard.

    Rod Oldehoeft

  • Barry Kennedy posted at 12:43 pm on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Cessna172 Posts: 1

    I can see a very small Digital Billboard 4'x6' from nearly 5 miles across the valley. No we don't want to trash our landscape with these.... But remember the ones with the money rule!

  • Denise Fort posted at 8:47 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    Denise Fort Posts: 17

    We need to let the Governor and our legislators know that we value our beautiful night skies and that these garish, distracting light displays have no place on our highways. New Mexico's economy is so fragile: we shouldn't be imperiling our ability to appeal to the tourists drawn to one of the most beautiful parts of the West.

  • John Wilson posted at 6:06 am on Wed, Jan 22, 2014.

    John Wilson Posts: 48

    Heaven knows New Mexico has more problems than many states. There are also more positive aspects than many states. Many of the positives have to do with out landscape and skyscape.

    I can't see why we would start prostituting these two values with lighted billboards just because a small portion of the population thinks it would benefit them. The costs of the billboard are much more than the half million that might be paid by the businesses involved. New Mexicans who cherish our land and night sky would pay the greatest costs.


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