Protest Over Roadside Memorial Removed - - Jackson, MS

Protest over roadside memorial being removed

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last month, a metro area man erected a memorial to his son, at the place where he was killed in a car accident. Now, he's upset, after highway workers removed it, without notifying him.

Mark Hardin's son Josh Hardin was killed two months ago in Jackson. MDOT's position is that they removed it to save more lives.

Not even the elements can keep Mark Hardin from protesting MDOT workers who removed the crosses on his son's memorial from the side of Highway 18.

"I forgive the lady that killed my son but I do not forgive the man who orchestrated the removal of the memorial for my son," said Hardin. "They are not forgiven."

Hardin's son Mark was killed in an accident in March, after a vehicle he was riding in was struck by Tiffini Martin of Jackson. Martin, who was not injured, was charged with aggravated DUI.

MDOT officials say they must keep 30 feet of right-of-way clear under state law. They say if people want to memorialize loved ones, the adopt a highway program is a safe alternative.

"It keeps everyone safe," said MDOT Public Affairs Spokesman Michael Flood. "It limits people having to pull over on the side of the road, being in that dangerous situation. Also it keeps drivers not distracted from looking at those type things."

Under the adopt a highway program, approved applicants will get an official MDOT sign, and are required to pick up trash along a section of state highway a minimum of four times a year.

MDOT says they store memorials they remove for up to three months so families can pick them up.

If you would like to apply for the Adopt-A-Highway program, it's an easy process. Just click here.

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