TDOT holds contest for Dynamic Message Signs


NASHVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is starting its annual Dynamic Message Signs contests.

Tennessee residents have the opportunity to create messages to help the department raise awareness on safety issues.

The contest is from January 30 to February 10. Ideas can be submitted on the TDOT’s website. The winning message will be seen on rotation on signs across the state.

“We’ve had great success with these DMS contests,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We need to keep motorists in the habit of checking the message boards daily. These contests help TDOT accomplish our goal of saving lives by getting the attention of drivers and reminding them to practice safe driving habits.”

Last year’s winning entries were: “Turn signals, the original instant messaging,” “Get the cell off your phone and drive,” “Practice safe text. Don’t do it while driving,” “You’re in Tennessee. Volunteer to drive safe” and “Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down.”

Messages containing profanity or lewd comments, advertisements (sports teams, names, etc) will be disqualified.

TDOT says 177 Dynamic Message Signs are in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and some rural areas. The signs are used to report incidents, traffic, road conditions or Amber Alerts.

The department became the first in the nation to use the signs to report roadway fatality numbers.

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