ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Department of Transportation says homemade roadside memorials to people killed in highway accidents will be removed for safety reasons.

The DOT offered this week to install a sign that will list the name of the person who died under the words "Drive Safely, In Memory." The person who requests the sign must pay $100.

The sign will stand for a year, and then be given to the person who paid for it.

DOT spokesman David Spear says some of the unofficial displays are elaborate and distracting.

How and when the state will remove existing memorials remains unclear. They are already prohibited under state law, and many are removed as workers cut the grass and pick up litter along the roadways.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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