Colorado is one of the states that has legalized the use of marijuana, so it should really come as no surprise that 420 mile marker on Interstate 70 outside of Denver has become a hot target for theft.
In case you were unaware, “420″ is often used as a reference towards marijuana usage.
To prevent further theft of the sign, the state’s transportation department decided to change the mile marker to “419.99.”
David Nelson of KWQC-TV news shared a photo of the new mile marker on Twitter:
— David Nelson (@DavidNelsonNews) January 12, 2014
“So this is our way to test it out. So far it’s working,” said Amy Ford, a spokesperson with the Colorado Department of Transportation, via NBC News. “It’s a traffic safety thing. It’s a helpful thing to have these signs on the road. But people kept ripping them off.”
Whether or not the 419.99 mile marker will deter theft remains to be seen, but we have the feeling that there has to at least be someone out there with the desire to be the first person to rip off the new sign.