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Protesters: Wisconsin town's ban on freeway signs is free speech violation

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, WI (WTAQ) - Protesters say their free speech rights have been violated, after a town near La Crosse banned the postings of signs on an Interstate 90 freeway overpass.

The signs were put up in August by a movement called "Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment." They urged drivers to honk if they believe President Obama should go.

So many people honked that police in the Town of Campbell got complaints about the noise, and the numbers of people on the bridge -- especially in the late afternoons when folks are heading home from work. 

There's construction in the area, and Campbell town chairman Scott Johnson said the road work was enough of a distraction without adding the anti-Obama signs. Johnson said people living near the bridge wanted their peace and quiet. 

So last month, the Town Board approved two ordinances to ban signs, flags, banners, and other items within 100 feet of the freeway bridge. 

Protester Tony Curtis tells the La Crosse Tribune officials are, "hiding behind safety as an excuse." Protesters vow to fight the ban in court. 

Last week, they videotaped an officer asking them to leave before they'd be ticketed. Johnson said the ban was not politically-motivated, and a similar one in Madison has been upheld by the courts.  

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