The goal for reaching zero fatalities on our highways is falling short. Carlos Braceras, executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation, said highway fatalities are up 25 percent since Memorial Day weekend. One cause for this increase is motorists not wearing seat belts. Drowsy driving, distracted driving and speeding all contribute to highway fatalities.
Driving on flat, fast highways leads to lethargy, boredom and inattention. These problems are addressed in other states by allowing white markers where highway deaths have occurred. Historically, Utah has opted out of allowing crosses to be placed on public highways because of a minority of individuals who oppose any religious symbol to be used. These crosses remind drivers of dangers on the roads.
A solution is to allow family members to select from several markers depending on their religious or nonsectarian persuasions. A generic base with the addition of a cross, Star of David, moon or orb would serve to alert drivers that a death occurred.
Harriet R. McDonald
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