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VicRoads to regulate roadside memorials

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VicRoads wants to regulate roadside memorials in a move that has already caused division.

The Neil Mitchell program revealed a suite of new rules will be put in place, including:

 

  • No memorials on freeways
  • No memorials attached to poles
  • No memorials on traffic islands
  • No memorials within 30 metres of a T-intersection
  • Contact details to be left at the memorial

NEIL MITCHELL: They’re trying to do this sensitively, but it will cause concern. It does seem like a layer of bureaucracy over grief. I think memorials are more a reminder than an intrusion. 

Several complained over more regulation and red tape.

But another caller, who was once first on scene of a fatal crash, supported the move.

‘Just bare in mind what it’s like for volunteers who attend a fatality,’ Rick told Neil Mitchell.

‘Post-traumatic stress was something that I dealt with.

‘Just driving down the road sometimes was hard enough, but to actually see something jump out at you was not a good thing.’

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