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Have You Got A Sign In You? Texas Wants Your Clever Safe-Driving Messages.

An electronic message board that reads "Only Rudolph should drive lit"
Michael Amador
A TxDOT message board telling people not to drink and drive.

Think you can write a better funny, safety-themed highway sign than the people at the Texas Department of Transportation? You’ve got until Dec. 8 to prove it.

The makers of such signs as “Only Rudolph Should Drive Lit” want your ideas for those electronic message boards along Texas highways.

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There are a few rules for the contest:

  • The message must bring awareness to the dangers of common driver mistakes such as distracted driving, impaired driving, not using seat belts, speeding, etc. Other rules of the road, such as “no tailgating” and “left lane for passing only” will also be accepted.
  • #Hashtags, phone numbers and website addresses are not allowed.
  • No offensive language.
  • Signs accommodate up to two slides, each with three lines and up to 15 characters per line.

TxDOT says the top 10 entries will be put to a public vote and three winners will be picked to have their message displayed on highway signs statewide. Enter the contest here.

The City of Austin held a similar contest a few years ago — which yielded both good and hilariously bad suggestions.

Drivey McSafeface!

Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. That means doing a little bit of everything: editing reporters, producing podcasts, reporting, training, producing live events and always being on the lookout for things that make his ears perk up. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mattlargey.
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