MoDOT releases popular safety messages for highway signs

4 years 1 month 1 week ago Tuesday, July 07 2015 Jul 7, 2015 Tuesday, July 07, 2015 10:08:00 AM CDT July 07, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - MoDOT said Tuesday drivers had selected their top three choices for safety messages they want displayed on electronic signs along Missouri Interstates.

MoDOT said 830 people voted on their favorite message from mid-May to mid-June. They selected three top choices out of 16 options. 

The three messages with the most votes were:

1. "Pass on left, drive on right"

2. "Put down your phone and drive"

3. "Turn signals the original instant message"

MoDOT Traffic Management and Operations Engineer Jon Nelson said, "The results of the vote show us the messages regarding driver behavior concerns are the ones motorists like the most including passing, distracted driving and use of turn signals... We also received many ideas for new messages from our customers, which we will incorporate into our messaging over the coming months."

The department said the primary purpose of the boards is to convey information about road closures and incidents. When roads are clear of incidents, MoDOT said it uses the signs to convey safety messages.

Each month, MoDOT staff develop a set of messages related to a theme. July includes campaigns for DWI enforcement, heavy vacation travel and hot temperatures.

Nelson said, "Our goal is to find ways to get the safety message to drivers so people will stop, think and make the right safety choice before they drive without a seatbelt or pick up their phone and text while they drive."

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