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Memorial stones for road traffic victims in Solihull are unveiled

MEMORIALS have been unveiled in two Solihull cemeteries, specially dedicated to people who have lost their lives on the road.

MEMORIALS have been unveiled at two Solihull cemeteries, specially dedicated to people who have lost their lives in road accidents.

The granite stones have been installed at Robin Hood and Woodlands cemeteries and are designed to be a place where bereaved families can remember the victims of traffic collisions.

The dedicated spaces have been introduced after the council announced it was introducing a limit on the time that flowers, soft toys and other tributes can be left at the roadside.

Tributes may be left at the scene for up to six weeks following a fatality or two weeks after a funeral has taken place.

Leaving them for longer could prove a dangerous distraction for drivers and prove upsetting for local residents, road chiefs argued.

After the time has elapsed, the items will be taken to one of the two cemeteries and left there for six weeks for families to collect.

Where possible, relatives will be notified through a police family liaison officer.

Making the decision earlier this, Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, pledged the arrangement would be mindful of the great loss experienced by loved ones.

 

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