The Mississippi Department of Transportation is asking the public to stop placing memorials or dedications on rights of way on state highways.
MDOT officials say they have developed procedures for the removal and storage of existing memorials.
MDOT executive director Melinda McGrath says in a news release that existing memorials will be removed by MDOT crews performing mowing operations along highways.
She says pictures will be taken of the memorial and locations are documented using landmarks, measurement or a Global Positioning System.
MGrath says MDOT will store memorials up to three months from when they are removed from the highway.
MDOT executive director Melinda McGrath said in a news release: "These memorials not only endanger the distracted driver, they also endanger the person placing the memorial along the highway." "Any area remotely close to a highway can be an extremely dangerous location."