I read with considerable concern the Dec. 31 article regarding the painting of crosses on the highways at points where people have unfortunately died in automobile accidents. The article ends with a phone number for those who wish to erect memorials along the highway for this same purpose, to remember their lost loved ones.

The first reason that makes me look at these acts, the crosses and memorials, as a bad practice is the fact that the last thing drivers in this or any other state need is another distraction while driving.

We already have the blight of large, colorful and distracting billboards everywhere to draw a driver's eyes from the road. Do we really need the government adding highway markings that are not uniform and known to all drivers to take our eyes from the road ahead?

And a simple glance at a roadside memorial, approved or otherwise, can take a driver's eyes off the road for the few seconds that they should be watching the traffic around them at 70-plus miles an hour.

Secondly, crosses are religious symbols and better displayed with proper reverence to those who look to them in their faith, not as warning symbols in the road.

It is always said when someone dies in a car wreck, the simple passing at that point in the road will surely be a reminder to those left behind. But distracting drivers by adding crosses to the road surface and monuments on roadsides is not making the highways safer but more dangerous in the long run.

The state should reconsider these practices and leave the memorials to cemeteries, churches, homes and hearts.

Mark Palasek

Stamby Place

Mount Pleasant