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Roadside Memorials Serve as Reminders to Drive Safely


Posted on Jan 08, 2013

Roadside memorials on Idaho 75 mark the spots where fatal accidents occurred. Each serves as a reminder about a family’s love for the deceased person. Each also serves as a warning against reckless driving.

Idaho State Police attribute the wrecks on Idaho 75 and elsewhere in the state to many causes. These include: distracted driving, inattention, ice, overcorrection, failure to wear seat belts, speeding, falling asleep while driving, and failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Fortunately, Idaho has seen its fatal accident rate steadily drop since 2005. Seven years ago, Idaho had 1.84 fatalities per 100 million miles of travel. In 2011, that statistic dropped to 1.08 fatalities.

Each roadside memorial is different. Some of the memorials on Idaho 75 have been in place for a long time and are in poor condition. Others are regularly visited and maintained. Some are even decorated seasonally.

While the Idaho Transportation Department does have a permit process and guidelines for putting up memorials, people rarely contact the department to inquire about the proper process. For the most part, the department does not intervene with the memorials. Workers will move one if it stands too close to the road or if the workers need to do construction. Otherwise, the workers leave the memorials alone. Officers simply encourage people to park safely when taking care of a memorial or when erecting one.

For more information about Idaho motor vehicle accidents, contact the personal injury law firm Morton Law Offices, Chartered. You may reach the firm at 888-716-8021 or by filling out an online form.

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