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Mother Fighting for Highway Sign in Honor of Late Daughter

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A mother's love is propelling Misty Driggers not to give up trying to get a sign to mark the spot where her 16 year old daughter was killed. Halie Mckirgen died last August on I-516 when the car she was driving hydroplaned and left the roadway. The teenager's mom put up a cross with Haley's picture on the site where the girl died, but the cross was removed twice by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The DOT said the sign was in the right of way, and a permanent sign from the DOT will cost about $100.

Driggers says she's disappointed that the handmade cross cannot be used. "It wasn't bothering anybody and it seems like the state doesn't enforce this law fairly. I still see crosses along highways all the time. Not all of those are being taken down," she says.

Jill Nagel from the Georgia Department of Transportation told us that the DOT is "sympathetic to families grieving when it comes to Memorials being put out if a loved one has been killed, but these are still unapproved signs on our right of way."

The permanent sign approved by the DOT will be a round sign that says "in memory of" and then the girl's name.  Driggers is not excited about the idea of not having her daughter's picture on the sign and wonders why the cross is wrong, but a state sign is okay.  "Like I said, id if you're gonna take a cross out of the right of way, and put a sign back in the right of way, what's the difference."

The DOT says the difference is often that crosses are low to the ground and can be a distraction to drivers who slow down to read the names on the cross.

"I still don't feel like I should have to buy something to put there, when we already had something there," says Driggers.



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