An unsecured terminal on a portable traffic sign appears to have allowed someone to get into the sign and change the message to one of hatred. The construction sign posted in Provo, Utah not far from Brigham Young University was reprogrammed to read “God Hates Gays”.
A video of the sign was posted to YouTube by Annie Frewin who wrote that “I thought this was messed up.” Frewin was also not happy about the fact that nothing was done until much later. She wrote on Facebook that “[Nine times out of ten] there is a cop on that street, because I’ve never ever gone down that road, especially at 1 a.m., without seeing at least three cops at one end of that road between the overpass and the freeway entrances. If it was about anything else, it would already been taken down.”
The sign was on the I-15 corridor, and the expansion project spokeswoman Leigh Dethman told the Huffington Post that the mechanism cover was left unsecured. Dethman stated that “I don’t know what the motivation was but [the person] would have had to physically walk up to the sign in order to change the message.” UDOT and Provo River Constructors conducted a check of all the other message boards along the corridor to make sure that there were no other computers and mechanisms left unsecured.
Dethman said that the offensive message on the sign near Brigham Young University was removed around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday. UDOT and Provo River Constructors, the contractor responsible for the sign, are conducting a sweep of 40 message boards along the corridor project to ensure that both computers and locking mechanisms are secure.