Phoenix officer is among winners of 2021 ADOT safety message contest

Jul 29, 2021, 4:15 PM | Updated: Jul 30, 2021, 8:43 am

(Photo courtesy of ADOT) (Photo courtesy of ADOT)

PHOENIX — As residents drove across Arizona freeways Thursday, they probably saw this year’s two newest safety messages displayed on freeway overhead message boards.

A spin on lyrics from a Tom Cochrane song, “Life is a highway, I wanna ride it with a seatbelt on,” and a submission by a Phoenix-area law enforcement officer, “Miss your exit? It’s okay, we made more ahead,” were the winners in the 2021 Arizona Department of Transportation Safety Message Contest.

Both entrants remain unnamed, but the “Life is a highway” submission included a note saying it came from Cochrane’s 1992 song, according to an ADOT press release.

More than 6,000 submissions were sent to ADOT.

“It’s encouraging to know that thousands of people also care about safety and voted to see these messages on signs across the state,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in the release.

“With states across the country posting safety messages, it only gets more difficult to create a one-of-a-kind message. This year’s messages are unique and sure to make an impact on drivers.”

In the five years since the safety message contest first launched, it has received more than 18,000 entries.

ADOT launched the contest as one way to improve driver behavior by promoting safety through creative messaging.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Public Domain Pictures Photo)...

Car smashes into restaurant after collision near Phoenix intersection, 2 injured

Two people were injured, one seriously, after a car smashed into a Phoenix restaurant following a collision with another vehicle Tuesday.
8 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/Arizona Department of Transportation)...

Arizona DUI arrests down over Thanksgiving weekend from previous year

The number of traffic stops decreased and DUI arrests were down by 8% over Thanksgiving weekend this year compared to 2021.
8 hours ago
(Ron Gould Website Photo)...

Mohave County Board of Supervisors chairman reluctantly certifies election

Mohave County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Gould said he chose to canvass the election because otherwise, he'd be arrested. 
8 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona State University Police Department)...

State gives ASU Police ‘ghost’ vehicle to support DUI enforcement efforts

The Arizona State University Police Department was awarded a ghost vehicle earlier this month to help aid DUI enforcement.
8 hours ago
(Ambiente Photo)...

Sedona landscape hotel taking reservations, set to welcome first guests

North America’s first “landscape hotel” is set to welcome its first guests amid the red rocks of Sedona early next year.
8 hours ago
Cronkite News | Paloma Garcia

Historic Old Tucson film studio has reopened after two years

Historic Old Tucson, which was shut down by COVID-19 about two years ago, reopened in October under new management.
8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
Phoenix officer is among winners of 2021 ADOT safety message contest