October 1, 2014
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Jackson County officials say signs warning
motorists not to pick up hitchhikers give the wrong impression
about the area, which is home to some state prisons.
The county Board of Commissioners called Tuesday for the
Michigan Department of Transportation to remove the signs, which
were posted in the early 1980s.
Sheriff Dan Heyns says: "Let's roll out a welcome mat instead
of signs that scare the heck out of people."
The state Department of Corrections says the signs were posted
after there were a number of escapes from area prison camps, where
prisoners worked in unfenced fields. The problem has since
The Department of Transportation says it will consider removing
signs once it gets a formal request.