TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Have you seen them yet? The new safety messages - you know those quirky messages you see on the overhead signs.
The Arizona Department of Transportation held a contest to see what Safety Messages people liked best, and the winners are....
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"Buckle up, buttercup," received the most votes out of the 2,500 received, while the other two tied for runner-up. All three messages will appear on overhead signs statewide through the weekend.
"It was very heartening to see so many people engaging with safe-driving messages during the contest ," ADOT Director John Halikowski said in a recent news release. "The purpose of placing these safety messages on overhead signs is to start conversation that will improve driver behavior and make the roads safer for all of us."
Winners were invited to ADOT's Traffic Operations Center where they'll have the opportunity to type their messages into the system and see them displayed on overhead messages boards.
"Buckle up, buttercup" appeared on multiple contest entries, including four submissions that included information that allowed winners to be contacted. They are: Tasha Anderson of Youngtown; Susan Henry of Glendale; Dianna Schoening of Peoria; and Lily Hutt of Cave Creek.
Sterling Gavette of Phoenix submitted "Camping in the left lane attracts bears," and Christina Healy of Prescott Valley authored, "Road rage gives you wrinkles."
Displaying traffic safety messages on overhead signs is one way that ADOT and other traffic safety stakeholders in Arizona are trying to change driver behavior. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 90 percent of vehicle collisions are caused by driver decisions, including choosing to speed, drive recklessly, distracted or impaired.