Drunk Driving Victim (David’s Law) Program—Application Process:
An applicant must complete an application indicating their contact information along with identifying he or she is related to the deceased victim by marriage, adoption, or that he or she is the victim’s spouse, child, stepchild, brother, stepbrother, sister, stepsister, mother, stepmother, father or stepfather. If the applicant is not an immediate family member, written consent from a member of the victim’s immediate family is mandatory and must be attached to the application. A copy of the Missouri Law Enforcement’s report indicating one of the vehicle operators involved in the crash was impaired is required with the application in order for the application to be considered for approval by the Department of Transportation, Traffic & Highway Safety Division.
The applicant must list the date the crash occurred, full name of the victim including his or her first name, middle initial, and last name. List the Missouri state highway on which the crash occurred by supplying the location details such as the direction, mile marker, or distance from the nearest intersection, the county, city or town along with the full name of the individual intoxicated who was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident.
The payment covers the cost of constructing, installing, and maintaining the marker for ten years. The marker will remain in place for ten years and may be renewed for an additional ten years, a year before the end of the previous term by completing an application along with submitting all applicable fees and supporting documentation required to the Department of Transportation - Traffic & Highway Safety Division. All marker fees shall be submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation and made payable to Director of Revenue - Credit State Road Fund, the Missouri Department of Transportation’s account. Cash will not be accepted. Payment must be received with the application in order for the application to be reviewed for eligibility. The marker fee can be paid for by an immediate family member or by private donation.
One marker will be erected for a given victim of an impaired driver. The marker will be placed as close as possible to the location where the accident occurred on the right side of the roadway, facing sideways, parallel to the lanes of the roadway in the direction of travel in a location that will not increase difficulty in the State maintaining their right-of-way. Marker placement is typically placed at the edge of the mowing boundary. The marker will not face the traffic, it will face the median, clearly visible from the roadway. By State Statue, no other adornment, landscaping, or modification of the marker or ground around the marker should be done for the safety of the motorist or the family themselves.
Any given marker will only contain information for one victim; however, two markers may be installed on a single post at the discretion of the Missouri Department of Transportation if multiple victims were killed in a crash. Each memorial requires a separate marker with having its own fees for constructing, installing and maintaining the marker for ten years. The marker remains the property of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
A marker may not be installed in memory of those who caused the crash who were intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance themselves. Though their loss of life is tragic, he or she is not eligible due to their having committed a crime, thus not meeting the intent of the Drunk Driving Victim (David’s Law) program.
Applicants having questions regarding this program or the application may contact the Missouri Department of Transportation’s, Traffic & Highway Safety Division, at 1–800-800-2358.
Drunk Driving Victim State Highway Naming Application
Example of Sign Location Layout
Twenty-six years after David Louis Poenicke’s death due to an impaired driver, a marker on Interstate 270 in Florissant, Mo. was installed in his honor. David’s Law (House Bill 683), named after Mr. Poenicke, was passed by Legislation memorializing drunk driving victims.