Georgia creates roadside memorial signs

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ATLANTA – Signs memorializing persons killed in traffic incidents now will be allowed on federal and state highway right of way in Georgia, the Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Memorials such as this may be purchased by family and friends of dead person.  Georgia DOT photo
Georgia DOT photo
Memorials such as this may be purchased by family and friends of dead person.

According to a notice on the department's website, 15-inch, round white signs with the black-lettered message “Drive Safely; In Memory; (the deceased’s name) can be requested by family or friends for a $100 fabrication and installation fee. The sign will remain in place for one year; after which time it will be removed and given to the requesting sponsor.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/09/11 - 11:51 am
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So, the name of the deceased

So, the name of the deceased isn't going to be visible but the family and friends can pay $100 for have "DRIVE SAFELY" posted for all to see.

Great idea. I'm sure people will go for it in a big way over what they already are doing.

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rmwhitley 02/09/11 - 12:03 pm
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I remember when the late Mrs.
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I remember when the late Mrs. Sue Townsend, Coroner of Aiken County, would spray paint a cross in the road at the site of a fatality.

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Dixieman 02/09/11 - 12:14 pm
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Looks like a white paper

Looks like a white paper plate lettered with Magic Marker.
Next they will ban any other (homemade) signs so every memorial will be these uniformly bland things.

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johnnywhittle 02/09/11 - 12:58 pm
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Re read the notice. I says In

Re read the notice. I says In memory ( deceaseds name).

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dani 02/09/11 - 01:12 pm
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Yes..it does. It is much

Yes..it does. It is much better than the alternative of leaving flowers, etc to deteriorate...IMMHO

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 02/09/11 - 02:07 pm
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I've seen these signs.

I've seen these signs. Johnny, you can't read the name because the space provided is too small to make it readable. It's also an ugly thing, especially compared to what is done most of the time.

Dixieman, as usual, gets it. This is nothing more than a way for the state to make a buck and control things. I have no problem with wanting to increase the state's income, but I have a problem with ugly and with the possibility of forcing people to choose between ugly and nothing.

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TrukinRanger 02/09/11 - 05:54 pm
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The homemade signs & memorial
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The homemade signs & memorial are thoughtful.... except to the people who have to do the roadside cleanup. It's harder to cut grass in circles around a memorial. The number of signs popping up are growing.

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