Floral tributes and cards, while they remain, provide a visible and poignant focus of grief for families and friends, as well as an effective warning to road users of the dangers that exist on our streets. However, over time flowers die and cards fade, eventually leaving no trace of the loss of life.
In response to the need for a visible and long lasting roadside memorial, in 2003 RoadPeace launched the RoadPeace Remember Me plaque, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service and Jenny Jones, Mayor Livingstone’s Road Safety Ambassador at the time.
The objective of the RoadPeace Remember Me plaque is to;
- provide a permanent memorial to lives lost and devastated through road crashes
- provide a warning to other road users regarding the everyday risks of road use.
A roadside memorial indicates where an unnatural, violent, premature and unnecessary death has taken place. It should be remembered that families who need them are driven by grief, loss and trauma. Bereaved families do not want their loved one’s death to go unnoticed and they need a connection with the last place that they were alive.