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GA DOT offers highway fatality memorial signs

New Ga. DOT issued memorial signs (Source: Ga. DOT) New Ga. DOT issued memorial signs (Source: Ga. DOT)
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ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Transportation is offering signs that memorialize those persons killed in vehicle crashes incidents now will be allowed on federal and state highways.

The 15-inch, round signs say Drive Safely In Memory and will display the name of the deceased. The signs cost $100 and will be up for a year and then given to the person who bought it.

"We believe this will appropriately address the desires of an individual's family and friends to note their passing while allowing the Department to maintain safety and uniformity along our roadways," said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. in a statement. 

Family or friends, who have approval from immediate family members, of those killed in crashes on federal and state roadways starting July 1, 2010, may request a sign with a written application, accident report and the $100 fee needs to made to to the Department's Maintenance Engineer.

Georgia DOT maintenance crews will install signs at the edge of the mowing limits as close to scene of the incident as possible, where practical, except in active construction zones or if prohibited by local laws, according to the DOT. 

The memorial sign program that began in 2006 for victims killed in drunken driving crashes will continue, according to the DOT. 

These are the only memorial signs tributes that are allowed on state or federal roadways and all others will be removed, according to the DOT.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is committed to providing a safe, seamless and sustainable transportation system that supports Georgia's economy and is sensitive to both its citizens and its environment. 

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