Researchers from the University of Calgary placed mock memorials at selected intersections with red light cameras in the city. In the six weeks after they were put up, almost 17 per cent fewer drivers ran red lights than before.
Roadside tributes, often consisting of flowers, stuffed animals and photos, have become popular ways to grieve and remember victims of motor vehicle crashes.
The practice has been criticized for distracting drivers and creating road hazards.
But after collecting and analyzing data, Richard Tay, study author and road safety chair at the Schulich School of Engineering, concluded Friday that the presence of roadside memorials has no significant effect on traffic speed or following distance.
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Do you find these roadside memorials a distraction or do they encourage you to drive better?