Coffey roadside memorial

Motorists drive by a sign in memory of Winston Coffey along the northbound Interstate 35E frontage road near Bernard Street. The state operates a memorial sign program to raise awareness of traffic deaths for certain types of crashes as required by law. Coffey was killed in a motorcycle wreck last fall.

The Traffic Operations Division at the Texas Department of Transportation installs roadside memorials under certain conditions at the behest of the Texas Legislature. 

The signs are intended to remember crash victims and remind all motorists of the need to drive safely. 

The newest sign in Denton remembers Valley View resident Winston Coffey, 27, who died Oct. 8, 2017, after his motorcycle hit the back of a car near the Fort Worth Drive interchange along the northbound Interstate 35E frontage road. Both vehicles spun out and Coffey, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene. The driver of the car was not injured. 

Families and friends of the deceased may apply to the Texas Department of Transportation for the placement of an official roadside memorial for victims of motorcycle crashes or impaired drivers. 

The state charges a $350 fee for the sign, which remains up for one year, after which time the sign is offered to the family. 

More information on the program can be found online at www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/signs/memorial-motorcycle.html. More information on the program can be found here

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