MDOT Removing Roadside Memorials

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  1. Carol Abston says:

    Ditto to the above article and comments. The MDOT never asked my daughter to remove anything. She was informed by a family member that her son’s, my grandson’s, cross had been removed. Yet, the tree that his car wrapped around, is still there—too close to the highway. She received no notification, nor did she even know what had been done with the marker. Loss and devastation all over again!! A person who has never lost a child or grandchild can ever know the extreme hurt, loss, emptiness, and grief that becomes a daily, constant companion. My daughter had her son’s marker placed at the sight of his accident as a memorial to him, to honor him, to feel close to him, to do something for him. He served the state of Mississippi as a member of the Mississippi National Guard, assisting in search and rescue, transporting bodies, and security during the 2011 tornado that destroyed his hometown of Smithville. One month later, he was dead. It’s hard to believe any human being could be so insensitive to the grief and pain that the families who have lost loved ones to fatalities on the highway are feeling as a result of the way these markers were removed. I pray the people responsible never experience such pain and loss. It’s the worst possible. When my daughter received the news of the marker removal,it was as if our beloved Dustin had died all over again. Is there nothing more worthwhile for these people to do?

  2. Ed says:

    This is wrong, just plain wrong. These memorials are no more of a distraction than a sign. If MDOT wants to do something to combat distracted drivers do something about the texting, loud music but take a look at the drivers next time you pass a car. Most have the seat laid back so far they have no control of the car, laid over to one side to the point they look like a passenger instead of the driver……that would be a great idea….MDOT do something good and moral…..fat chance of that.

    I feel sorry for the people who has lost loved ones and paying a last farewell only to have this happen. People need to call their reps on this one…..remember your vote does count.

  3. Linda Star says:

    Why doesn’t MDOT do their job of slowing down these trucks that are speeding and killing folks, and the trucks that have debris hanging off the back, or have no working tail lights? The roadside memorials remind people to slow down and be careful at that junction. Why doesn’t Mississippi Highway Commission plan highways better so that they aren’t splitting towns in half, like what happened at Hamilton? Maybe if the highways were designed better, there would be less wrecks. Would it hurt to put in some overpasses or go around small towns instead of smack through them?

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