small memorials along the side of America’s highways to commemorate
the victims of accidents have become a daily sight for truckers.
But if a bill in Indiana passes, the kind of memorials truckers
see could change dramatically.
Rep. Duane Cheney has introduced HB1110, which would remove the
roadside memorials put up by families of accident victims and replace
them with state-constructed signs.
told The Associated Press the memorials, which typically
include small crosses, flowers or other small memorials, have become
more elaborate and distracting over time, now including such attention-grabbing
elements as statues and solar lights.
Under the bill,
a state-approved memorial sign could be put up only if it were requested
by a member of the accident victim’s family. The Indiana Department
of Transportation would be required under the bill to set up standards
for the appearance and wording of the signs.
HB1110 is scheduled
for discussion this week in the House.