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Crash tribute restrictions backed
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Floral tributes are laid at the scene of fatal road accidents
A proposal to put a limit on how long floral tributes can remain at fatal crash scenes must "be sensitive to the needs of bereaved relatives".

That was the response of an East Sussex council committee when it considered restrictions on roadside memorials.

The plans have been attacked by the families of road accident victims.

The committee said it backed the restriction in principle, but preferred a three-month time limit to the original suggestion of six weeks.

Comments made by the county council scrutiny committee will now be considered by Councillor Matthew Lock, the lead member for transport and the environment, on 24 July.

Road safety

A council report said roadside memorials and tributes could be distracting for road users, so they needed to be managed "in a way which improves road safety".

But the Roadpeace charity said it was important for bereaved families to have somewhere they could go.

"It is not a choice - you just feel you have to go to the place where it happened because that is your connection with the person," said spokeswoman Cynthia Barlow.

The scrutiny committee said any firm decision on the proposal should be preceded by discussions with bereaved families "about having an appropriate commemoration at suitable locations away from the highway".

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