Ethics Of Roadside Memorials

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The Ethics of Roadside Memorials As the mobility of the nation rapidly increases over the past years, with automobile purchases at an all-time high, we are reminded of the price that comes with the convenience. According to a recent study published by the CDC, more than 30,000 Americans per year succumb to automobile accidents per year. This makes stepping in an automobile the most dangerous thing that the average American does on a daily basis. With this many deaths occurring per year, many American are affected by passing loved ones on the road. Recently, it has become a popular cultural movement for those who lose loved ones in automobile accidents to place a small memorial by the roadside at the site of the crash as a means of grieving and commemorating those that they lost. Although these memorials seem like a kind gesture to those who have fallen at the hands of convenience, and an innocent means of mourning, questions can be raised regarding the ethics of these memorials. Although just recently gaining popularity in the United States, similar memorials have been in existence worldwide for centuries. It is believed that the American tradition originated from a Mexican in which those that carried the coffin to a funeral would place a memorial anywhere that the bearers rested in their journey. This memorial traditionally consisted of crosses and the places of these rests were known as descansos. As people began to immigrate into America from Mexico, many of them brought with them their traditions, including this method of mourning. It is believed that as automobiles began to become prevalent many Americans took this traditionally Mexican practice and implemented it as their way of mourning as they saw the place of th... ... middle of paper ... ... 2017. NC Hwy 39 Memorial. Image. Dickinson, George E., and Heath C. Hoffmann. 2010. "Roadside Memorial Policies In The United States". Mortality 15 (2): 154-167. doi:10.1080/13576275.2010.482775. Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Tejada-Vera B. 2016. “Deaths: Final data for 2014”. National vital statistics reports 65 (4): 1-122. Pierce, Daniel S. Real NASCAR. UNC Press, 2010. Tay, Richard. 2009. "Drivers’ Perceptions And Reactions To Roadside Memorials". Accident Analysis & Prevention 41 (4): 663-669. doi:10.1016/j.aap.2009.03.006. UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL ASSOCIATION v. AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC., ET AL. 2011 10–1276 1. Supreme Court of the United States. Zarrilli, Tom. 2009. "Crosses, Flowers, And Asphalt: Roadside Memorials In The US South". Southernspaces.Org. https://southernspaces.org/2009/crosses-flowers-and-asphalt-roadside-memorials-us-south.

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