Special Sign Programs

SpecialSign-02.jpgIDOT administers special sign programs that provide motorists with business identification and directional information for eligible motorist services, attractions, and tourist-oriented businesses. IDOT also administers special sign programs intended to raise public awareness of impaired driving and allow families an opportunity to remember the victims of crashes involving impaired drivers.

 

 

Roadside Memorial 

Fatal Accident Memorial Sign Program

Overview

The Roadside Memorial Marker Rules is governed by 92 Ill. Adm. Code 549.

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"The fatal accident memorial marker program is intended to raise public awareness of reckless driving by emphasizing the dangers while affording families an opportunity to remember the victims of crashes involving reckless drivers.”

The memorial consists of a 36” wide by 24” tall white on blue sign with the legend RECKLESS DRIVING COSTS LIVES. Below this will be a 36” wide by 18” tall white on blue plaque with the legend IN MEMORY OF and the name of the deceased followed by the date of the crash.

How the Program Works

An immediate relative of a deceased victim of a crash caused by a driver who committed an act of reckless homicide or who otherwise caused the death of one or more persons through the operation of a motor vehicle may request a fatal accident memorial along a state highway by filling out an official application form and returning it to IDOT at the address indicated on the form.  The crash must have occurred on or after January 1, 1990.

  1. Complete the Fatal Memorial Marker application.
  2. IDOT will review the application and, if approved, will return a copy to the immediate relative along with instructions concerning payment of a one-time fee.  Payment of the fee cannot be made until the application is approved. Currently, the fee is $150 for the RECKLESS DRIVING COSTS LIVES sign and $50 for the plaque with the name of the victim and the date of the crash.
  3. The memorial will normally be installed at or near the location of the crash. However, IDOT reserves the right to install it at an alternate location due to restricted room, property owner complaints, interference with essential traffic control devices, safety concerns, or other restrictions.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the Fatal Accident Signing Program, please contact the coordinator by phone at (217) 785-8534 or by mail at:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Roadside Memorial Sign Coordinator
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Room 009
Springfield, IL 62704

DUI Memorial Sign Program

Overview

Per 92 Ill. Adm. Code 549 the department has established the DUI Memorial Sign program is to memorialize

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deceased victims of crashes caused by drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol, or other drug or intoxicating compounds, as well as to raise the public awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired.

The memorial consists of a 36” wide by 24” tall white on blue sign with the legend PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. Below this will be a 36” wide by 18” tall white on blue plaque with the legend IN MEMORY OF and the name of the deceased followed by the date of the crash.

How the Program Works

An immediate relative of a deceased victim of a crash caused by a driver found to be under the influence of alcohol, or other drug or intoxicating compound may request a DUI memorial along a state highway by filling out an official application form and returning it to IDOT at the address indicated on the form. Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or other interested groups may assist the immediate relative in obtaining and filling out the form. The crash must have occurred on or after January 1, 1990.

  1. Complete the DUI Memorial Marker application
  2. IDOT will review the application and, if approved, will return a copy to the immediate relative along with instructions concerning payment of a one-time fee. Payment of the fee cannot be made until the application is approved. Currently, the fee is $150 for the DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE sign and $50 for the plaque with the name of the victim and the date of the crash.
  3. The memorial will normally be installed at or near the location of the crash. However, IDOT reserves the right to install it at an alternate location due to restricted room, property owner complaints, interference with essential traffic control devices, safety concerns, or other restrictions.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the DUI Memorial Marker Sign Program, please contact the coordinator by phone at (217) 785-8534 or by mail at:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Roadside Memorial Sign Coordinator
2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Room 009
Springfield, IL 62704

Tourist Oriented Directional Signs

IDOT administers a Tourist Oriented Directional Signing Program (TODS) along various highways. This program involves installing blue-background signs at intersections in rural areas to advise tourists of businesses or attractions not visible from a state maintained highway and is governed by:

The program includes all sections of rural non-freeways except those passing through urban areas with populations of 5,000 or more where the number of businesses would make such signing impractical. It does not apply to Interstate routes or other full freeways or highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

Where space is available at a rural state maintained highway intersection with a crossroad, IDOT will make, install and maintain one TODS sign in each direction. Each sign may identify up to four businesses/attractions.

Business Eligibility Requirements

Businesses and/or attractions must be oriented toward tourism with the major portion of their income or visitors derived during their normal operating season from motorists not residing within 25 air miles.

Eligible businesses/attractions include, but are not necessarily limited to those offering gas, food, and lodging:

  • Campgrounds
  • Orchards/tree farms
  • Produce stands
  • Wineries
  • Marinas
  • Fishing/bait facilities
  • Stage theaters
  • Amusement parks
  • Riding stables
  • Antique and craft stores
  • Museums
  • Golf Courses
  • Facilities offering aircraft, boat, or train rides
  • Historic villages
Ineligible businesses/attractions include, but are not limited to:
  • Shopping malls
  • Furniture stores
  • Drug stores
  • Movie theaters
  • Community business districts
  • Appliance stores
  • Automobile/truck dealerships or garages
  • Houses of worship
  • Real-estate offices
  • Livestock sales facilities
  • Sand and gravel facilities
  • Grocery stores

Application & Fees

If you wish to apply for the TODS program, please utilize the map to contact the IDOT district TODS coordinator for your county before submitting the Tourist Oriented Directional Sign Program form and processing fee if you have any questions concerning eligibility.

There is a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. In addition, there is a $70 annual fee for each sign. The total fee for an individual business/attraction depends upon how many TODS signs are installed. Please do not send an application fee without the official application form.

Signing Eligibility Requirements

A business/attraction cannot have an entrance along a state highway where they could have their own signing. Where they are not located on the crossroad, additional signs known as "trailblazers" may be necessary to direct tourists to their location.

Need Help?

If additional information is needed or you would like to apply for the IDOT TODS program, please utilize the map to contact the district office in your county.