CHARLESTON (WCBD) – Every now and then, you may see a homemade memorial, most often crosses, placed along a road or highway for a person killed in an accident.
“A lot of people are transported to the hospital, but many times they die on the scene,” said Kelly Stafford, a victim services specialist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. “The roadside becomes a place where people place signs, bring balloons — it becomes a place to visit.”
But sometimes these remembrances of those killed pose a hazard.
State officials are pushing an alternative to the personal signs that might distract drivers — buying a roadside plaque from the Department of Transportation for $250 in order to honor those killed in collisions.
Several other states, including North Carolina and Georgia, offer similar roadside markers.
Still, victim advocates say the plaques aren’t a good option for some families and friends due to the cost and the unexpected nature of highway deaths.
“Nobody is prepared to lose a child, and often times cremation is easier, then the roadside becomes a memorial to visit because they don’t have anywhere else to go without a gravesite,” said Stafford.
If you would like to purchase a memorial plaque, they are maintained and kept near an accident site, reading “Drive Safely.” A link to the application is found on SCDOT’s website, click here: