DALLAS, Texas — At least four electric road construction signs were hacked overnight along Interstate 30 in Dallas.
A sign near Westmoreland Road and I-30 read “Bernie for President.” Another read “Go back home, work is canceled.”
Two more read “Donald Trump is a shape shifting lizard.”
The Texas Department of Transportation is investigating how the signs were hacked.
Tony Hartzel with TxDOT released the following statement:
“TxDOT takes this matter very seriously. These signs were secured and turned off until someone broke into them to enter these messages. Such actions endanger the safety of themselves and motorists, and the messages could also become a distraction to motorists driving on the highway.
“The signs belong to a contractor, but they are used for a TxDOT project. The department is looking at additional measures to secure the signs. We encourage the public to report any suspicious activity around these signs.
“A person was arrested and charged in Williamson County earlier this month following a similar incident. He was charged tampering with a transportation communications device, which is a third-degree felony.”
The company who owns the signs, Buyers Barricades, said it is investigating the incident.