PURVIS, Miss. — Officials in one south Mississippi county say they’re going to start enforcing a law requiring all properties to post an address number.

The Hattiesburg American reports that Lamar County supervisors voted 5-0 to update an ordinance that’s been on the books since 1997.

Supervisor Phillip Carlisle says he recently saw a fire truck make a U-turn because it couldn’t find the correct driveway for a smoking house. He says a mailbox with an address number would have helped.

Violators could be fined $50 a day, but county Administrator Jody Waits says the goal is to get people to post house numbers.

Numbers must be reflective and 3 inches or larger. Homeowners can order green address signs from their local fire department.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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