Special signs are available to increase the public’s awareness of driving while impaired or to honor those who lost their lives in the service of others including fallen veterans, police officers, public servants and individuals killed in action. Numerous programs by the Illinois Department of Transportation also administers fatal accident memorials signs for fatalities occurring on Illinois highways after December 31, 1989.
Makeshift Roadside Memorials
There is a story of heart break behind every handmade roadside shrine or cross that appears along major roads and freeways by surviving families remembering a loved one who died in a fatal accident. Every year, more of these sacred shrines with messages, trinkets, flowers, and mementos appear along the road at the spot where the accident occurred. Some of these public markers are simple in design while others ornate and permanent with each one displaying the private grief and emotional suffering of those left behind.