SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Drivers heading up and down state and federal roadways are bombarded with all sorts of traffic signs. Now, they will begin to see another type of sign. The Georgia Department of Transportation is allowing families of crash fatalities to purchase a memorial sign to be placed at or near the location of the accident. GA DOT says this is to eliminate the homemade memorials seen on side of the roadways.
"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," Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr., said.
The 15-inch, round, white sign can be purchased for $100 dollars by family and friend (with approval of immediate family) of individuals killed on federal and state routes on or after July 1, 2010. Those requesting a memorial sign must submit in writing, using Request for Placement of Raodside Memorial Marker form. Also, the written form must be accomodated with a copy of the accident report and a check or money order payable to the Georgia Department of Transportation. All of the required information should be mail to:
GDOT State Maintenance Engineer
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308
The memorial sign will remain in place for one year, unless it becomes necessary to remove due to construction or maintenance work, and then given to the requesting sponsor. Any additional decorations or ornaments will not be allowed. In addition, gatherings, ceremonies, or other activities at sign areas pose safety hazards will not be allowed.
Read more information about the new policy online at the Georgia Department of Transportation, http://www.dot.ga.gov/doingbusiness/PoliciesManuals/pap/Documents/Policies/6160-9.pdf.