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Roadside Memorials?

What's your thoughts on these road side memorials? We've all seen them - white crosses, stuffed animals, candles, pictures, wreaths and many other personal items. There's one that been erected near me thats about 40 feet long and is now a mess with the snow and rain.
Could these cause even more distraction at an intersection where the original accident happened?
Should they be required to be cleaned up after a period of time?

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you mean put myself in their shoes a month later when its a big pile of garbage? I would consider it an insult for a memorial

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agree with kruz, thats one distraction that doesnt bother me.

there is a huge road side one just a block from my house where the 2 kids from Marion Central died, infact i can see it out my window.

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Just pee your name in the snow where I die on the roadside. That's good enough for me and doesn't distract anyone a week later.

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This is something that society needs to address, I think they should come down a week after the funeral. we have one in plainfield thats been there 2 years now




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There is one for my 18 year old sister in Orland Park (on Wolf Road near 176th directly across from the FD). In January 2008 it will be 2 years since her death there.

My personal opinions are:

1- Leave it be for a week or 2 after the initial incident as long as it doesn't get out of hand and impede with traffic (it can be therapeutic for some family/friends with their grieving process etc..) After 2 weeks it should be contained to a minumum such as a cross and a couple flowers/small pictures or small personal items or whatever but that's it.

2-It should be removed completely within a week of the 1 year anniversary of the incident.

Initially it may stick out to people/motorists or serve as a "be careful" sign and stuff, but after a couple weeks, let alone a couple years, it's just another cross on the side of the road. Other people don't need to be reminded of it, besides the people it matters most to will never forget it anyway.

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Just pee your name in the snow where I die on the roadside. That's good enough for me and doesn't distract anyone a week later.


Good one tho i think a week later it will become a distraction for the soccer mom walking her dog when he stops there every time to pee

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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Personally I would leave it alone and let the property owner and/or city/village decide what to do. If its public property then place a call to the appropriate body as it is their problem.

If nothing comes of all this effort and it still bugs you in a month, do a good deed and just clean it up. Leave a sign/card of your own with a message that this cleanup was a one time thing out of respect for their loss.
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There's one by me off of Randall rd that is better kept than the pros do for my yard. Ive seen them out there with a lawn mower in the weeds of the ditch several times.

Keep in mind that it is likley the mourners live close and drive by regularly. I could not fathom a roadside casualty like that so close to home. Given its the holidays this time could be especially tough. At least give them until January.
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wtf, we have memorials in the form of tombstones.


i find them annoying, but think they are good reminders for bad drivers out there saying that they can be next.

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Personally, I would want it taken down after a month or so. Wouldn't want others reminded every time they drove by.

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We had a memorial for my dad at the intersection where he was killed on his bike. It was a cross made out of two 4x4s. About 6 or 8 months after the accident the state mowed over the thing with the bush hog. I went back and thought about the whole thing and decided my dad wouldn't want to be remembered at the accident site where he died. Would you? The way I see it, he wants to be remembered at places he liked to be and that interesection was not a place he liked to be.

I'm with you guys on some of the memorials and messes at accident sites. They need to keep that kind of stuff for the persons "grave site" not the "accident site".

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Honestly, they shouldnt had been put up in the first place. Thats what cemetary's are for. WI was tossing around banning them altogether.
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Up for a week, okay. AFter that, show some respect and move items to gravesite. After all, THATs where the person is, not on on the side of the road.
+1 on Grasshopper's POV, its not a place that I'd like to be remembered at either (when my time is up).
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There is one for my 18 year old sister in Orland Park (on Wolf Road near 176th directly across from the FD). In January 2008 it will be 2 years since her death there.

My personal opinions are:

1- Leave it be for a week or 2 after the initial incident as long as it doesn't get out of hand and impede with traffic (it can be therapeutic for some family/friends with their grieving process etc..) After 2 weeks it should be contained to a minumum such as a cross and a couple flowers/small pictures or small personal items or whatever but that's it.

2-It should be removed completely within a week of the 1 year anniversary of the incident.

Initially it may stick out to people/motorists or serve as a "be careful" sign and stuff, but after a couple weeks, let alone a couple years, it's just another cross on the side of the road. Other people don't need to be reminded of it, besides the people it matters most to will never forget it anyway.

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I used to live in brookhills subdivision right next to that memorial site, I'm very sorry to hear it was for your sister :-(
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We had a memorial for my dad at the intersection where he was killed on his bike. It was a cross made out of two 4x4s. About 6 or 8 months after the accident the state mowed over the thing with the bush hog. I went back and thought about the whole thing and decided my dad wouldn't want to be remembered at the accident site where he died. Would you? The way I see it, he wants to be remembered at places he liked to be and that interesection was not a place he liked to be.

I'm with you guys on some of the memorials and messes at accident sites. They need to keep that kind of stuff for the persons "grave site" not the "accident site".
Exactly. I certainly wouldn't want people to have their last memory of me where my accident was. Besides I thought that was what grave sites were for???

Plus people who don't know anything about the accidents that occurred in that spot don't care what happened there. It's slightly distracting but I've noticed them more and more lately.

There was one near the cemetery in Schiller Park at the corner of Scott and Irving Park. I haven't noticed it there lately so I assume they stopped.
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There's one that been erected near me thats about 40 feet long and is now a mess with the snow and rain.
Is this the one on sunset?
That might be the one for the kid two doors down from me. Flipped his dad's mustang about a year or so ago. He was a good kid, came buy and helped my clear the driveway a few times and wouldn't take a cent or even a little gas for his snow blower. Finally meet his folks a few weeks ago, really nice people.
I think he was the first HS kid to die around here in quite a while so the kids took it pretty hard.

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No way I can comment on how I would feel about it unless it was something I took part in establishing - Tough to judge without going through it firsthand

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I'm not a big fan of them, but I know they are meaningful to those involved. I do think if they are going to be there, they should be taken care of or removed. In any case, after a reasonable period of time they should be removed. Probably no more than a year.

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Is this the one on sunset?
That might be the one for the kid two doors down from me. Flipped his dad's mustang about a year or so ago. He was a good kid, came buy and helped my clear the driveway a few times and wouldn't take a cent or even a little gas for his snow blower. Finally meet his folks a few weeks ago, really nice people.
I think he was the first HS kid to die around here in quite a while so the kids took it pretty hard.
This one is at Spring Grove Rd and Miller I think? South of Rt 12 a mile or so

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I'm not a big fan of them, but I know they are meaningful to those involved. I do think if they are going to be there, they should be taken care of or removed. In any case, after a reasonable period of time they should be removed. Probably no more than a year.
thats my point I guess - They look all trashy and its more disrepectful than taking it down.

At what point will there not be one at every intersection if this continues?

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