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ADOT announces finalists for safety message contest

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PHOENIX — Ever wonder who writes the messages on the overhead signs on Arizona freeways?

It could be your neighbor, coworker or even your spouse.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced the 12 finalists for its fourth annual safety message contest on Monday.

Voting on the 12 will be conducted online from May 11-17.

Over 4,000 messages were submitted by Arizonans, which covered traffic safety topics such as texting and driving, impaired driving, blinker use, tailgating, seat belts and child safety seats.

The two messages that receive the most votes will be displayed statewide.

“For the past four years the safety message contest has generated tremendous engagement with the public, and it’s wonderful to see,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in a press release.

“We want to see people thinking and talking about safe driving, and the contest helps further that effort.”

Last year’s winners featured Mitzie Warner of Chandler, who wrote “Drive like the person your dog thinks you are” and David Posey of San Tan Valley, who submitted “Drink & drive? Meet police and see new bars.”

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