Travel on any city street, county road or state highway in Kansas and, odds are, you will see a roadside memorial at some point during your trip.
Such markers are not banned, but those located along state highways are subject to review by KDOT officials for any safety hazards they may pose to the traveling public and KDOT maintenance crews. As long as the marker is unobtrusive and located well off of the road, there will likely be no issue with its placement. However, if a marker is not maintained and falls into disrepair, it will be taken down. KDOT will then try to notify the responsible party about the matter.
Opinions differ as to whether or not roadside memorials have an impact on driver behavior. Some drivers find themselves slowing down when they see a marker, while others think the markers are too much of a distraction and impair their driving. What’s your take on roadside memorials? Sound off in the comments.