Late last week, with no fanfare whatsoever, Governor M. Jodi Rell issued an executive order which prohibits the state from entering into new contracts for billboards on state land along state highways. It also prohibits the renewal of any current contracts. It's war against billboards!
Look, I have to confess that I hate billboards, so I'm not really crying about this. Especially since I agree with Governor Rell that this has simply gotten out of hand. I'm all for business and advertising, but I'm also for reduced impact on the landscape from it.
Some of these new digital billboards they have now which intermittently change the image displayed are particularly ludicrous and distracting, and are one step short of actually having full commercials playing 30 feet tall on the roadside.
The way Interstates 91 and 95 were built truly make them ugly enough. A billboard here and there is alright, but it has gotten out of hand.
Of particular note are the billboards for shops to buy sex toys and porn movies at. Now, I know some Republican State Senator blew a head gasket a couple years back because there was a billboard for the Vagina Monologues he had suffered exposure to. (The muppet hasn't been built yet to make that show interesting to me). But this is much different.
While it may be disturbing to be confronted with the clinical name for genitalia written three stories tall as you drive along the road, it's also a bit much to drive by these VIP billboards. Truckers are a lonsesome lot, but I don't think they need a reminder every seven exits of where they can pick up a rubber f**k doll.
So I applaud you Governor Rell. Blow up the billboards!