Family members can purchase a memorial plaque to stand for two years
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will allow
immediate family members to apply for a new standard roadside memorial
sign to honor loved ones who were lost in traffic crashes on the state’s
24” x 24” main sign will read “DRIVE SAFELY.” A 24” x 12” memorial
plaque will include the phrase “IN MEMORY OF” followed by the victim’s
name. An anonymous identification such as “A LOVED ONE” can also be
used. See the attached link for an image of the sign & plaque.
Secretary H. B. Limehouse Jr. said it was time to create a standard for
roadside memorials. “In years past, families that have lost loved ones
have put their own lives in danger when placing memorials along
roadsides. The SCDOT memorials will provide a dignified and safe way to
honor their lost family members. The uniform memorial and plaque will
provide a safe remembrance for lost love ones, but our commitment is
still focused on reducing fatalities and the need to place these
memorials,” said Limehouse.
of Public Safety Director Mark Keel said, “The memorials should provide
some comfort for victims’ families, while also serving to remind
passing motorists to remain alert and to drive safely.”
· Immediate family members (parents, children, spouse, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren) may request a memorial. See the 2nd attached link for the application.
· The fee for manufacturing, erecting and maintaining the sign is $250.
· Applications should be made within one year of the crash date unless an exception is granted by the Secretary of Transportation.
· Only one sign per incident will be erected. In the case of multiple victims a larger sign may be used to include all names on one plaque.
the event of conflicting wishes among immediate family members, no sign
will be erected or the sign will be removed if it’s already in place.
will be installed on the right-hand side of the road. No signs will be
erected in the median or on the left-hand side of the road.
will make every effort to install the signs at the approximate location
of the crash site. However signs will not be placed in front of a
residence or business and cannot create a distraction from traffic
· SCDOT can only erect signs on state highways. The agency does not have the authority to place them on city or county roads.
the case of an interstate highway, memorial signs will be placed in a
dedicated area at the nearest welcome center or rest area.
· SCDOT reserves the right to temporarily remove or relocate a sign at any time for highway maintenance or construction.
will remain in place for two years. Following the two-year period, the
sign will be taken down. The memorial plaque will be sent to the person
who applied for the sign at the address listed on the application.
signs will be erected for victims who were directly involved in
criminal activity that led to their deaths, such as DUI, reckless
driving, fleeing law enforcement officers, etc.
Applications for roadside memorials will be available on the SCDOT website: www.scdot.org beginning on August 9, 2010.
The application must include a copy of the accident report issued by
the investigating law enforcement agency. Information on how to obtain
an accident report is available on the SC Department of Motor Vehicles
Completed applications should be mailed to the following address:
Attn: Roadside Memorials
PO Box 191
Columbia SC 29202-0191
Link to an image of the memorial:
Link to the one-page application: