Thousands of entries were received for the Arizona Department of Transportation Safety Message Contest, but only a couple will find its way into the bright lights of an ADOT highway message board when the public gets to decide.
In one week, more than 2,400 entries were received and now the public will pick the winner from the 10 finalists. Voting is open through April 21 at azdot.gov/SignContest. The winning safety messages will be announced in May.
“It’s important to focus on safety and remember we all have a role in reducing the number of crashes and lives lost,” said ADOT Director John Halikowski. “More than 90% of crashes are caused by driver behavior. We need to do all we can to promote safe driving and avoid speeding, and aggressive, distracted or impaired driving. These messages are designed to help remind drivers, sometimes in an offbeat way, to be careful on the road.”
The leading factors in crashes are speeding, aggressive driving and distracted or impaired driving. The annual Safety Message Contest was started to encourage drivers to be conscious of safety and keep it top of mind when on the road.