Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 23, 2014

W.Va. Division of Highways will provide roadside memorials

BLUEFIELD — Roadside memorials are becoming a more frequent sight as family and friends remember their loved ones while also reminding others to drive safely.

A roadside memorial on U.S. Route 460 East outside of Princeton, helps Tammy Davis remember her son she lost in a car accident seven years ago.

“At first we had a homemade memorial near the area of the accident, but that was to much of a distraction. We contacted the Department of Highways and had a sign made that says please buckle up with my sons name,” Davis said. “I keep the area trimmed and put flowers out at certain times of the year.”

Department of Highways District 10 Manager Tom Camden said there are not a large amount of memorials in the area but there are some.

“We prefer that the memorials do not create a hazard or a distraction,” Camden said.

According to the DOH website, roadside memorial signs may be requested within three years following the date of a fatal motor vehicle crash by a member of the immediate family of the victim.

Applications for memorial signs are available by contacting the Traffic Engineering Division at 304-558-3063.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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