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2/18/2013 10:39:00 PM
Letter: Memorials don't belong on our roads


Memorial cross stolen?

Has anyone checked with APS, county or city road clean-up crews, it's a good chance that this was taken down because it is illegal and was removed as an eye sore.

I personally view these memorials as eyesores and believe they belong in a cemetery and not along our roadsides. They seem to be getting out of control, bigger with all kinds of stuff hanging on them, they are not a pretty sight and they all should be removed.

I feel bad for the people that have lost a loved one in an accident but do not want to be reminded about it every time I drive by that spot. It sure would be nice if the people that put these up would respect the laws and feelings of others by moving them to the cemetery where they belong.

Alec Barry

Prescott Valley

Editor's note: The victims of the theft did check with all the above-mentioned agencies.

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, March 04, 2013
Article comment by: daughter of mom who passed in a car accident

And whomever has to be stupid ill do lingo text if I want to if you can't read it and understand I think you have a big issue with yourself another immature person that all they know is to criticize people ill text lingo if I feel like it and I think you have an issue with yourself get over it

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: ALEC BARRY

In response to the ones that have these eye sores up on our pulblic hwys. I can understand your sorrow and suffering but I really feel that what your doing is wrong. The memorials are nothing but an eye sore and distraction to everyone that did not know this person. Its a very selfish way of forcing your grief on others.
The cematarys are for this kind of stuff, not the pulblic roadways.
99% of everyone that drives by them think that they are an eye sore and distraction.
I will be persuing ways of getting these removed and preventing them from being put up in the future. Anyone that wants to help me please contact me.

Alec Barry
Prescott Valley, AZ

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: katrina anderson

Tha cross by dennys is my sister and thats how we deal with missing her so much we clean it up every year and put new stuff so its always nice why dont u mind ur own busniss and let us remember her our way rip monica illalways love u

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Elaine Murray

Just a suggestion, I still use Prescott as my home town and always will, but have lived in Minnesota now a number of years. The memorials have a purpose that I agree with, but they put up a sign here that reads "this next mile cleaned in remembrance of Mark Mahoney", or by a local business. Gets the point across, cleans the ditches out, or promotes a business. Seem to solve the issues, and the roads are kept cleaner. Girl Scouts do it, plus turn in the cans, 4-Her's plus many more. I think the DPS even provides the vests and certain color trash bags which they pick up. Maybe a possibility instead of arguing about it.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Mark Kille

I endorse roadside memorials. They are an appropriate way for the community to mourn over the needless loss of a member, as well as an excellent daily reminder to love your family and friends. You never know how long they will walking the earth.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: Hood Ornament

I think the comment by "Memorials serve a valuable purpose for me" is the best idea yet. Hilarious!

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: The Facts

ADOT has been quietly removing these types of roadside tributes as part of its policy not to have any memorials on ramps or highways.

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: To: Daughter of Mom

There is no doubt that this is a very personal issue to you however, when you write responses to these letters, please use English not text message lingo. It is very hard to read and understand, which takes away from the point you are trying to make.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: daughter from mom in car accident

These memorials r not eye sore they r wat happened there nd 2 let other smart drivers 2 plz drive very safe nd only idiots would be the one 2 actually look at the memorials or more shall I say stare nd these actions gets ureself in trouble ppl see them comin at them thinkin bout that family which is very thoughtful not stare at them nd continue 2 stare as u go by that's an idiot 4 u nd u do it 2 ureself

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: No More Distractions

Our highways have enough distractions, we don't need any more to cause more accidents.

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: daughter of mom from car accident

I just can't believe how hateful ppl r they apperantly don't have heart 4 the ppl that r hurtin from losing loved ones 2 car crashes just let us b nd quit bein stupid alec nd keep bringing up stuff just 4 u 2 keep it going so very immature just go back where u came from nd complain there nd forbid it happened 2 u then u will see how the rest of us feel about it not all the cross sites r trashy mine sure isn't nd if anyone was 2 touch my moms cross it wouldn't be nice I just don't understand why u have 2 b so hateful bring up this subject constantly nd hurt ppl but I forgot immaturity hateful nd whatever u want 2 call ureself u sure ain't no saint LEAVE US ALONE!! Go home nd don't come back here if u don't like it don't go tryin 2 change our laws I don't see it happenin just immaturity hatefulness nd no care or compassion GO HOME!

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Devil's Advocate

I understand where family members are coming from in regards to these memorials but just for a second, think of the following scenario.

You're driving along Hwy 69 minding your business, eyes on the road when suddenly the car next to you swerves into your lane due to the fact that they are trying to look at the memorial they are passing. Your vehicle is now being forced off the road and you become another accident statistic in Yavapai County.

Is that right or fair?

We need to look at these memorials from all perspectives.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: @Nasty People

Shame On YOU for assuming!

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Harvey Wallbanger

I have no problem with roadside memorials. What I don't understand are the ones that are neglected. There is one on along Glassford Hill that actually has an old dusty and sun rotted shirt from the deceased person hanging there blowing in the wind surrounded by other items that have been forgotten about. This same memorial also had a Christmas tree set up over the holidays (until it was dried up brush) and taken away after a few months.

Not a very fitting tribute to celebrate the life of a lost loved one. A simple, well made cross would be very nice and represent the person in a much classier way than a badly neglected memorial.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Mother of a dead son

Having lost a son in a vehicle accident (and yes, he died at the scene) I have come to realize that nothing is needed to "encourage" one to remember and that nothing will ever make one forget.

That being said, should someone feel they have this need, perhaps a compromise would be to place a "representative/simple/similar" marker to remind others that "an accident happened here-be cautious...."

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: M H

When I see a memorial along the roadside, it makes me think. I slow down. It makes me sad for the families, who ever they may be.

I have COMPASSION because I HAVE A DEAD SON (he was 18). I wish to honor him anyway I can. He did not pass on a road trip, hence, there is no roadside memorial. However, IF HE HAD passed in such a way, as a part of my grieving/closure, you can bet your bottom dollar THERE WOULD BE a memorial placed there. I cannot imagine the pain it would cause to have someone say something derogatory about it.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: My Opinion

Dead is dead. What difference does it make where the event took place. They are eysores and I hope if I die on the highway , no one puts one up for me! Maybe I should put that in my will....Ya know, I don't remember this kind of thing 40 years ago. When and why did this morbid tradition begin anyway?

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Just Saying

I dont mind the road side memorials, But I have to ask this what if you loved one had died in a hospital are you going to put a memorial in the front of the room or out side in front of the hospital? and if now why? if you feel that the road sign will help you then lets put them where ever your loved one passed, no matter where that may be. Just saying

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Proper Memorials

I tend to agree with the writer (Alec).
However, I have absolutely no problem with a marker if the person(s) died from a drunk driver (as is the case here)
I think there is a solution to serve both the families of the victim, as well as provide a very strong message. ADOT should receive grant money to pay for the costs to produce uniform site markers that can be placed at a location where someones life was taken by a person who was drinking and driving.

It would have the name(s) of those who were the victims in a drunk driving accident. BUT....do not memorialize the drunk driver if he was killed as well. Why give someone mention who violated the law and made a stupid decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of an automobile.

We could also put a simple and firm message on the sign as well, as a reminder to all to " THINK BEFRE YOU DRINK & DRIVE!! "

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: daily reader

Im fine with them. I put one up for my brother who was hit by a drunk driver. But just a small metal cross. I think ones like the one by Dennys with huge stuffed animals and crap is out of hand.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Aggravated Individual....

The cross that was stolen was not in the main view of drivers!!!!!!!!!! It was placed at the side of the road, you had to either look hard or stop at the light to see it!! You all just whinebags and have no sympathy nor compassion... You just had to find something to gripe about.. Well you oughta be ashamed of yourselves. That family has been thru enough as it is, just because they put something in the paper about the cross being stolen, you found the griping subject... not cool.. Thats all I wanted to say bout this, cause if I dont stop, Ill get aggraveted even more...

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Kathleen christian

To: "Mexican Problem",
You ought to be ashamed and embarassed for your ignorant and racist comment. ... If the memorials aren't illegal then it's none of your business. GET A LIFE!!

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Karen Paterno

You guys are all very inconsiderate and have no compassion for what we have went thru when we lose a loved one due to someone elses ignorance...the memorials are far from being an eye sore or distraction...the people who stand by the road waving signs around are distractions..the vans sitting on the side of the road to take ur pic if u are speeding is a distraction because everyone hits their brakes as soon as they see it..I lost 2 loved ones in 2004 due to a person being up for 8 days on drugs...the memorial for me is remembering where my loved ones took their last breath..and remembering where they were when they went to be with the Lord..Try having some compassion for the families before u open ur mouths...

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Truth Be Told

@To Get Used To It
"Roadside memorials are a long standing tradition in the S.W."

No they aren't. I'm from here and have 40 driving years all over the state.

Memorials for private citizens, constructed by private citizen on public byways, are a carry-in from a foriegn culture.

They have no business being there.

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Article comment by: Pay A Fee

Roadside memorials are banned in some states. Others limit the amount of time they can stay or charge a fee. Some require a standard format and you have to buy the sign from the state. From what I read, they are banned in California, but you can have one if you pay $1000. (?)

I wonder how many we would see if there was a $1000 fee?

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