NDOT seeking witty Friday sign ideas

NDOT Press Release:

May 1, 2018 (Lincoln, Neb.) — U Text, U Drive, U Pay.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) want your ideas on safe driving advice to travelers

in “Friday Safety Messages” via electronic message boards along Nebraska’s Interstate and other major

highways.  These messages will be posted on Fridays and the more creative, the better.

Perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of some of these messages over the past couple of years, including

SAVE THE MADNESS FOR THE COURT, DRIVE SAFE,” in reference to the NCAA Basketball

Tournament, or a St .Patrick’s Day reminder to “HOLD ON TO YOUR POT O’ GOLD, DRIVE SOBER.”

Many of these short safety snippets have tied in with holidays or special events, such as the Olympics,

current events, back-to-school or sports.

After a successful launch last year followed by even more interest in January of 2018, the NDOT, in

partnership with the Nebraska State Patrol, wants to continue that effort, reaching out to the public for

witty, creative messages to display on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) across the state.  A new safety

message is posted every Friday, for 24 hours from 12:00 a.m. Friday to 12:00 a.m. Saturday, on

overhead DMS along I-80 and I-29, reminding motorists to consider all aspects of driving and safety.

Submissions will be accepted beginning May 1 through May 31 for these safety-oriented messages.

Those submitting messages are encouraged to consider topics about safe driving, including tie-ins with

holidays and upcoming events through summer and early fall of 2018.  Submissions need to be three

lines of text, with a maximum 18 characters per line (spaces count).  These will be evaluated to conform

to regulations and edited for clarity.  Send submissions to NDOT’s website:

http://dot.nebraska.gov/news-media/friday-safety-message-idea-submission/

Don’t delay. Send your Friday Safety Messages today, and remember:  “DON’T FUMBLE YOUR LIFE

WAY, BUCKLE UP!”