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Floral tribute virtualisation protocol

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It seems to be pretty common (here in the UK) for the grieving relatives of those killed in road accidents to put flowers on the spot where the accident happened. I was talking to a friend who is an ex-policeman who said that it's not uncommon, particularly at road junctions which are inherently dangerous, for these grieving relatives to bcome road accident victims themselves, as they stand on a busy road arranging flowers. This sort of self-perpetuating cycle of tragedy could easily lead to dozens of accidents at the same place and wipe out entire familes.

So, my idea is for a virtual reality roadside scene to be created following a fatal crash in which the victim's relatives can place flowers. However, it's important that others are aware of the accident. Therefore, the details of the accident would be encoded in the Floral Tribute Virtualisation Protocol and for drivers passing the place of the accident a small icon of flowers and a note would display on their SatNav screen accompanied by a sombre voice alert.

Alternatively, just replace black mourning clothes with bright orange ones.
hippo, Feb 21 2007

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       //Alternatively, just replace black mourning clothes with bright orange ones.//   

       Well, this should certainly be implemented. Even in the safety of cemetaries.
theleopard, Feb 21 2007
  

       Yeah, wearing bright orange clothing would make it much easier for the drivers to hit them.
BJS, Feb 21 2007
  

       [+] but only for the bright orange mourning clothes. (I would compromise on bright black, actually.)
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 21 2007
  

       Maybe it's not friends and relatives who leave the flowers, [Brau]
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 22 2007
  

       Total strangers.
angel, Feb 23 2007
  

       //This sort of self-perpetuating cycle of tragedy could easily lead to dozens of accidents at the same place and wipe out entire familes.//   

       Bun for the truly mind bending expansion here from flowers on roads the the end of family line, The rest of the idea is nothing but fish bones.   

       "entire family line was wiped out in the exact same spot story at 11!"
jhomrighaus, Feb 23 2007
  
      
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