Prattville city officials are hoping a new kind of stop sign will put a stop to more than just passing motorists. The city is testing new plastic stop signs designed to combat vandalism. The signs look just like a regular metal stop sign. The difference is that spray paint will come off much easier.
The signs are made from a material similar to that used in automobile tail lights. They also resist the fading effects of the sun. The city has already installed several of the signs to see how they hold up.
Metal signs can last 12 to 15 years. But city officials say they usually don't last that long. Prattville replaces four to five damaged signs a week. The new plastic signs cost about $80 each. That's almost twice as much as the metal signs.