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.’