Kandi Sargent-Lowe's daughter Janakae was killed in a drunk driving accident back in 2006. She was a designated driver on the night of November 12th, but tragically, the girl who was trying to prevent an accident fell victim to someone who wasn't being as cautious.
Sargent-Lowe decided to purchase a sign in her daughter's honor. She paid TXDOT $300 dollars to put up a blue sign to warn others about the dangers of drunk driving and to keep her daughter's memory alive.
Now TXDOT is saying time is up and the sign must come down. Sargent-Lowe received a letter telling her the sign would be taken down, but that it would be hers to keep.
Sargent-Lowe was devastated by the news and decided she wasn't going to take this lying down. She has started a petition that is close to reaching her goal of 4,000 signatures. Once the petition is completed, she plans to take it to government leaders.
Dawn Owens of Mothers Against Drunk Driving says nothing can take away the pain of a loss, but that it helps the family heal. She thinks they are great for raising awareness and she hopes TXDOT leaves the signs up.
"It would be nice if they could leave them up, because the families always want to remember and pay tribute and so they don't feel re victimized," Owens said.
Although she hopes that Sargent-Lowe will win her fight, she says MADD offers an alternative. Families can contact MADD and get a white memorial cross put up at the crash site. All they need to do is provide a crash report and MADD will take care of the rest.
For more information on Mothers Against Drunk Driving call 1-866-880-6233
If you are interested in signing the petition click here.