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King County Road Services - Memorial signs

The King County Roadside Memorial Sign Program was originally borne through requests received from people who had lost family members to automobile accidents caused by drunk drivers. Since there are other causes of roadway fatalities, the program has been expanded. The King County Road Services Division embraces this program as a way to help reduce roadway fatalities.

One of the following six messages, related to the cause of the collision, are available for standard roadside memorial sign installation.

  • “PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE”
  • “PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY”
  • “SEAT BELTS SAVE LIVES”
  • “PLEASE WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS”
  • “PLEASE WATCH FOR BICYCLISTS”
  • “PLEASE WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLISTS”

A secondary plaque displays the message “In Memory of,” together with the victim’s name or “Sponsored by” together with the victim’s name. The signs and plaques may be placed at two locations near the scene of the accident, one positioned for each direction of traffic travel. If the collision occurred at an intersection, the signs are located on the major roadway.

The King County Roadside Memorial Sign Program includes two signs, two plaques, and two posts, installation and maintenance over a maximum period of two years. The cost of the program is $450, which is paid for by the sponsor.

Citizens interested in sponsoring a memorial sign should write or e-mail the Roadside Memorial Sign Program Coordinator at traffic.roads@kingcounty.gov, and include a brief statement of the incident with the collision date and street location. An application for a roadside memorial sign will be sent to the requestor to complete, and must include written consent from the immediate family of the victim.

For more information

King County Road Services Division
Traffic Maintenance and Engineering
201 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104
206-296-6596
1-800-527-6237 toll-free
traffic.roads@kingcounty.gov
206-296-0176 fax
TTY: 711 Relay Service


Information from the Road Services Division's website is available to people with disabilities in alternate formats upon request by calling 206-263-6482 or 711 for the TTY relay service.

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Memorial sign 
Example of a memorial sign.