They may not be as sturdy or durable as mailboxes of brick or stone, but mailboxes on wooden posts are preferred by Roswell because they break away when hit by a vehicle.

Roswell offers to remove brick, stone mailboxes

Citing a fatal crash and other accidents involving vehicles and fixed mailboxes made of brick, stone or concrete, Roswell is offering to remove the mailboxes at no cost to homeowners.

“The city offers to remove existing fixed mailboxes so the property owners can replace them with a mailbox in compliance with city regulations” – that is, a mailbox designed per U.S. Postal Service standards to break away on impact, according to a staff report to the City Council.

The policy initially applied only to collector roadways, or streets with speed limits of 30 mph or above, but the council voted to expand it recently to all city streets. Roswell crews will break up and haul away the old mailbox at no charge, but it’s up to the homeowner to replace it with a new one.

On Nov. 28, a Ford Mustang ran off King Road near Cox Road in Roswell and hit two stone mailboxes. The driver, a 52-year-old man, died at the scene. His 21-year-old daughter was thrown from the vehicle and later died in a hospital, and a dog in the car was killed.

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