Mississippians with a good sense of humor are being called to participate in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) annual Safety Message Contest, which is set to take place from July 17-31.
“MDOT’s main focus is safety; we want everyone, the traveling public and our roadside workers, to make it where they’re going every day,” Brad White MDOT Executive Director said. “These messages you see along the roadways help remind drivers of easy ways to increase their safety when behind the wheel.”
MDOT’s traffic safety messages appear on DMS boards along highways and interstates throughout Mississippi.
These messages, which are often related to current events and pop culture, are part of an effort to encourage drivers to change their actions behind the wheel.
However, any local emergency messages and traffic updates automatically override scheduled messages on the DMS boards.
There is no limit to the number of messages you can submit, but below are some guidelines to remember:
- The message must relate to traffic safety.
- Signs can only accommodate three lines and 21 characters per line, including spaces.
- Hashtags, phone numbers, and website addresses are not allowed.
- No emojis.
For this year’s contest, participants are encouraged to focus their messages on the following themes:
- Distracted Driving/Texting and Driving
- Seat Belt Safety
- Sober Driving
- Work Zone Safety
- Turn Signals/Blinkers
- Left Lane Driving Etiquette
Those wishing to submit messages for the contest can comment on MDOT’s social media @MississippiDOT on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.