Crosses and memorials dot the roadways marking where someone has been killed in a car accident. Now, the Missouri Department of Transporation will start erecting them too.
MoDOT will unveil the new roadside memorial signs today for victims of impaired driving established by David’s Law, which goes into effect this month.
Spokeswoman Sandra Hentges says this is a timely event since law enforcement authorities are stepping up their efforts to stop drunk drivers at the same time. The campaign kicks off this weekend and runs through Labor Day.
She says there will be an application process to get a sign erected in the memory of a loved one, the cost will be around $600, and the department hopes to start getting them on the roadside by next Spring.
Hentges says David’s Law was sponsored by Representative Bill Deeken (R-Jefferson City.)
Gail Rehme, of Florissant, was the leading force in passing David’s Law. She is the sister of David Poenicke, a victim of a impaired driving crash.
In 2008, 262 people were killed, 1113 seriously injured and 3398 received minor injuries in crashes involving an impaired driver.