Say good-bye to those roadside crosses that mark Georgia’s traffic fatalities.
Who knew they were never supposed to be there in the first place? The state Department of Transportation issued this notice on Tuesday:
Signs memorializing persons killed in traffic incidents now will be allowed on federal and state highway right of way in Georgia, the Department of Transportation announced today.
Fifteen-inch, round white signs with the black-lettered message “Drive Safely; In Memory; (the deceased’s name) can be requested by family or friends for a $100 fabrication and installation fee. The sign will remain in place for one year; after which time it will be removed and given to the requesting sponsor.
“We believe this will appropriately address the desires of an individual’s family and friends to note their passing while allowing the Department to maintain safety and uniformity along our roadways,” Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr., said.
Family or friends (with approval of immediate family) of individuals killed in accidents on federal and state routes on or after July 1, 2010, may request a sign by submitting a written application, the pertinent accident report and the $100 fee to the Department’s Maintenance Engineer.
But one had to click on the attached link to see that makeshift crosses would no longer be tolerated:
The fabrication, installation, maintenance and removal of the memorial marker will be the responsibility of GDOT. Memorial markers will be allowed to remain for a maximum of one (1) year. No other memorial signs or structures or additions to this memorial sign will be allowed on the rights of way.
As cultural icons go, roadside crosses – often elaborate affairs – are fairly recent phenomena. It’s hard to say how attached we are to them. But keep an ear out for people complaining that impromptu religious symbols ought not to be replaced with paid-for pie plates.
That piece by Randy Travis of Fox5 News, on illegal immigrant workers at school construction sites, has already had some effect. From this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:
Cobb School District officials said Tuesday that a subcontractor has been fired from the new ninth grade center at North Cobb High School project amid reports he was not verifying his workers immigration status.
Of the allegations, the district “does not consider this an acceptable situation,” according to a statement, though the statement also said the district “is not aware of any illegal workers” on the North Cobb High project.
On Monday, the Fox Atlanta television station aired a report in which an undercover camera was sent on the job site with a member of the advocacy group Jobs for Georgians. The person wearing the camera asked the man in charge of the masonry contractors if papers are needed to work on the site.
Legislators will gather in Senate chambers this afternoon to elect representatives to the State Transportation Board. Incumbent David Doss of Rome, from the 11th congressional district, is the many everyone will be watching. He’s being challenged by Jeff Lewis, a former state representative from Cartersville, and John Wiles, the former state senator from Cobb County.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider