Feeling creative? NDOT Seeks Creative Friday Safety Messages

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) wants 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 “Drive Exemplary, It’s Elementary,”, or “Drive Like it’s the 80’s.  Hair Up. Phone Down” or a 4th of July reminder of “Fireworks Should Be The Only Thing Getting Lit.”  Many of these short safety snippets have tied in with holidays or special events, current events, back-to-school or sports.

After a successful launch last year followed by even more interest in January of 2018 and the spring 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 are being accepted beginning November 4 through December 14 for these safety-oriented messages.  Those submitting messages are encouraged to consider topics about safe driving, including tie-ins with holidays in late winter and early spring and upcoming events through winter and early spring of 2019.

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.  Submissions should be sent 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 AWAY, BUCKLE UP!”