The state of Washington has changed the mileposts reading 69 and 420 to include decimal points that they steal
The state of Washington has changed the milestones reading 69 and 420 to include decimal points to prevent thieves from stealing them
- Theft of 420 and 69 characters has gone so far that the state of Washington is changing the numbers
- The 69 number is used to describe a sexual position, while 420 is a notorious number used for marijuana
- State & # 39; s DOT is exchanging signboards for those with decimal points to stop thieves
It is a sign that changes are taking place with the way the Washington Department of Transportation steals & # 39; 69 & # 39; and & # 39; 420 & # 39; mileage marker boards because they are replaced by alternatives.
Some people who have the numbers & # 39; 69 & # 39; – a term for a sexual position, and & # 39; 420 & # 39; a notorious code for marijuana – have taken their kicks to a higher level and have stolen signs with those figures.
In an attempt to stop the theft, the DOT of the state replaces the signs.
& # 39; Depending on the location and what has been taken, we can replace the board or leave an empty now and then – so there would be a marker of 419 and 421 miles, but not 420, & # 39; spokeswoman Beth Bousley of the DOT told the Seattle Times.
What makes a difference .01: The Washington State Department of Transportation exchanges 420 and 69 miles of marker posts for slightly different numbers to stop theft
& In addition, we have created other characters, 419.9 and 68.9, so that they still provide the location information of the driver, without being a popular number to steal. & # 39;
At other locations, the DOT traded the signs for a 0.1 less than the favorite numbers, so a 420 sign becomes a 4.19 and a 69 becomes a 68.9.
With around 8,245 mile markers in the state, nearly 200 are missing.
So far, 608 characters have been replaced since 2012.
& # 39; I know it's in progress, & # 39; said Patrol spokesperson Trooper Rick Johnson, "and I think I understand it on a youthful level, but it's not always funny when you take into account the problems it causes."
The 420 signs like this are slowly being replaced in the state of Washington
The signs are expensive, some are up to $ 1,000 to replace, according to the DOT, plus stealing the signs is dangerous for other motorists.
They are also used to find addresses in the countryside, to help drivers follow their route and to identify areas that need maintenance, she said.
Stealing a mile marker sign can lead to a felony theft and can be punished with up to 90 days in jail or a fine of $ 1,000.