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Not so fast: Titanic cemetery to get speed bumps

The final resting place for 121 of the great ship's passengers and crew, including one "J. Dawson," has become a popular tourist destination.

The 1997 movie "Titanic" sparked a new interest in the great ship's sinking, and in the cemetery where many victims are buried.

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One of the causes of the famed RMS Titanic's 1912 sinking: The ocean liner was simply going too fast through the North Atlantic, despite warnings about icebergs.

More than a century later, humans still like speed, even when zipping by car through the lovely Canadian cemetery where 121 of those who died on the legendary ship are buried -- including a certain "J. Dawson."

The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be trying out speed bumps in Fairview Cemetery in an attempt to slow down those steaming forward through the graveyard, the CBC reports.

The speed limit in the cemetery is 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 mph). Five pairs of speed bumps will be added, the first at any Halifax cemetery, the CBC reports. And at least one Halifax tweeter has a tongue-in-cheek idea for their design.

"Tell me they will be painted like icebergs," the account Halifax ReTales tweeted.

Fairview is still an active cemetery, but it's best known for being the final resting place of more Titanic victims than any other cemetery in the world.

One of the graves, marked "J. Dawson," became a favorite spot for visitors bringing flowers because of Leonardo DiCaprio playing "Jack Dawson" in James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film. It was later determined that the grave marked the final resting spot of Joseph Dawson, a 23-year-old Irish coal trimmer who died in the sinking.

Many cruise ship passengers, the CBC notes, come to see the graves of the Titanic dead. And presumably go right back on board and practice lifeboat drills.

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