01/15/2014 08:20 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Colorado Changes Mile Marker '420′ to Discourage Sign Snatchers

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is taking a rather bizarre approach in hopes of discouraging marijuana enthusiasts that have been repeatedly snatching the 'Mile 420′ sign just outside the town of Stratton along interstate 70.

Amy Ford of CDOT claims the "Mile 420′ marker was stolen for what would be its last time in 2013, and has been replaced with a new sign which is marked 'Mile 419.99′. Ford and her colleagues with CDOT are hopeful that subtracting the one-hundredth of a mile from the new signage will deem it unattractive to sticky-fingered tokers with an urge to add it to their collection of marijuana-themed memorabilia.

As bizarre as the new 'Mile 419.99′ marker is, it's not the only sign of its kind posted in Colorado. There is another fractional mile marker posted on Cameron Pass in Larimer County that bears the marking 'Mile 68.5′ due to frequent thieving of the 'Mile 69′ sign. Hmm, does that have something to do with marijuana?

"Obviously people steal these signs," CDOT's Mary Ford explained to the Denver Post. "In the past, if a sign was stolen too much we wouldn't replace it. This is sort of an innovative way for us to keep the sign there."

Something tells me that the new 'Mile 419.99′ marker will become just as popular to thieve as the original sign, if not more so. Happy 419:59 pm, Colorado!

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