Dylan J. Baker

Staff Writer

DORSET- Residents of Dorset will be seeing the removal of "Children at Play" signs along town roads due to liability issues placed on the town. The move comes at the recommendation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).

According to Dorset Town Manager Rob Gaiotti, the town recently conducted a sign survey with VTrans officials on Mad Tom Road, and they recommended removal of these signs, based on the potential liability.

The locations of the signs is what puts the town at risk: If there is a "Child at Play" in front of one house and a mile down the road there is an accident involving a child where there is no sign, that family can sue the town for not providing signage in front of their house, too. In this case there is no way for the town to use this sign properly and not create a liability hazard for the town.

The highway signs are federally regulated by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the children at play signs are not allowed under those regulations.

The manual defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain