laws concerning roadside memorial

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Praising, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Praising

    Praising New Member

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    We discovered today that friends or relatives of a young woman who died from a car accident that occurred in front of our property placed a roadside memorial cross next to our driveway in the right of way. With due respect to their need to grieve and with awareness of the cultural approval of such memorial crosses today, are there any Georgia laws that speak of their right to place such a cross on my property and/or how long I must/should let it remain there?
     
  2. UtiPossidetis

    UtiPossidetis American

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    "Road crews with the Georgia Department of Transportation are charged with keeping roadside right-of-ways clear and that includes the memorials set up to honor victims of traffic accidents. A DOT spokeswoman says safety trumps sentiment. Each and every one inside the right-of-way is illegal. "
    http://wsav.com/2015/05/25/roadside-memorials-removed-in-georgia/

     

  3. Dawgdoc

    Dawgdoc Well-Known Member

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    On a similar note, does anyone know if "right-of-way" is legally defined in the Georgia code? I always hear a lot about what can and cannot go on the right-of-way, but I was never able to find the term or a similar definition in the code.
     
  4. Match10

    Match10 Active Member

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    Rights-of-way are quite clearly defined on the GIS mapping software used.

    Roadside memorials are illegal and I'd remove one in front of my house after a day. I also feel a family's grieving ends where it prolongs those in the neighborhood's memory, and becomes an annoyance and "in your face" daily. The need to face a stranger's death several times a day is overboard. In front of my house would be intolerable.
     
  5. Phil1979

    Phil1979 Member Georgia Carry

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    In front of my house on the road in the right of way, I might leave it for a week. After that, it would be gone.

    On the other hand, if it kept cars from lining up there and making it difficult for me to back out, I just might leave it. :)
     
  6. GM404

    GM404 Well-Known Member

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    When you say right of way, are you talking about the 6 to 8 foot swath for utilities and such? Do you care for it (mow, etc)? If so, that's YOUR land, the utility companies have an easement...and they are the only ones who can legally access it. If it is truly a right of way, then the purpose if for the public to have a path to cross private land...again, no right to remain there or put up tacky signs.
     
  7. NTA

    NTA Well-Known Member

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    Depending on, well you know: The memorials can be piled up in the middle of the road.
     
  8. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    And probably easier for you to take it down as many times as necessary than it is for them to put it up one more time.

    Unless they come by and set your house on fire or something.

    Nemo
     
  9. samman23

    samman23 New Member

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    I agree that it should be left up for a week out of kindness and compassion. They will be driving by and looking for it. They can't expect it to be up indefinitely. Take it down when it bothers you after that.
     
  10. moe mensale

    moe mensale Well-Known Member

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    Could he then put up his own memorial? :popcorn:
     
  11. Nemo

    Nemo Man of Myth and Legend

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    Sure, its his property and he can put up a memorial. He would have plenty of room not on the right of way too.

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  12. Praising

    Praising New Member

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    Roadside memorial update

    An update to my original post on roadside memorial:

    When the Georgia State Patrol came back to re-survey the accident site on our road, I asked the officer about the roadside memorial that had been placed on our property. His reply surprised me: it is actually an act of littering to put out such memorials along the road (although officers would be quite reluctant to cite someone for doing that). Further, he explained that I would be within my rights to remove the memorial from my property. However, he did admit that, out of consideration for the accident victim's family and friends, I could leave the memorial in place for a while (undefined). BTW, I was and continue to be grateful for and impressed by the professionalism, courtesy and demeanor of the GSP officers.