When you are driving out in an non urban environment you may have seen a post or pole on the edge of someone’s property spray painted purple. It is not just there for lawn decor, there’s actually a reason and meaning for it. According to the Purple Paint Law, states like Texas allow landowners to paint a fence post or pole on the edge of their property purple to signify “No Trespassing,”they specifically refer to “No Hunting” on the owner’s property.
You might ask why not just put up a “No Trespassing’ signs? Some landowners might have signs, too, but acclimate weather has a tendency to knock those signs down. Painted posts convey the same message without the fears of being knocked down.
Not knowing the meaning of these post can cause a dangerous situation.
This is an extremely important law to abide by. About 1,000 people are shot and killed in hunting accidents each year, many of these are people not involved in the hunting trip at all, but living on the property where the hunt took place.
Although many everyday people have not have heard of it, the Purple paint law is not new. Arkansas, where Bill Clinton was born, first instituted this law back in 1987. So if you’ve accidentally wandered beyond a purple painted fence or gate, you’ve broken the law. At least now you know what it really means and hopefully it will keep you from wandering past this point again.
A number of states utilize the Purple Paint Law in order to signify “No Trespassing” – it may be your state has this law in place without your knowledge. Here is the list:
Purple paint to act as a “No Trespassing” sign, purple paint markings in Texas “must be: vertical, at least 8 inches long, at least 1 inch wide. [The] bottom of the mark should be between 3-5 feet above the ground. Markings can be no more than 100 feet apart in timberland. Markings can be no more than 1,000 feet apart on open land, [and] they must be in a place visible by those approaching the property” according to Central Texas Geocachers.
What do you think about this law? Did you know it existed if you live in one of these states?