The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) is cracking down on political signs.

ArDOT officials issued a news release reminding candidates it is illegal to put their signs on a highway right of way.

“There are several Arkansas statutes addressing encroachment and the placing of signs or other objects on highway right of way,” Director Scott Bennett said in the statement.

Those areas are reserved for “official directional, informational and/or regulatory highway signs,” officials said.

Local area maintenance crews have been advised to remove all other signs, whether political in nature or not.

“These statutes apply to all unauthorized signs, not just political campaign signs,” ArDOT officials said.

Personnel will remove small yard-type signs immediately. Owners of the larger billboard-type signs will be notified and given the chance to remove the sign themselves. If they don’t, personnel will remove them as well.

“The Arkansas Department of Transportation encourages everyone to keep these right of way rules in mind and keep the roadsides clear in order to keep our highways as safe as possible,” Bennett said.