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Massachusetts to use more humor on highway signs

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the winners of a contest to come up with humorous yet important driver safety messages for electronic highway message boards.

The contest was inspired by a message posted on highways in May that encouraged drivers to "Use Yah Blinkah" - or turn signal - when changing lanes.

The winners were "Make yah Ma proud, wear yah seatbelt," to encourage belt use, submitted by The Parent's Supervised Driving Program team of Safe Roads Alliance; "Keep Calm and Drive On," to prevent road rage, submitted by Patrick Casey of Boston; and "Put down the phone! Your LOLs and OMGs can wait," to fight distracted driving, submitted by Justin Lovell of Whitman.

The winners get gift cards from gas stations and restaurants.

More than 500 entries were received.

"We received some very creative, thoughtful and funny message suggestions," Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said.

The winning messages will be displayed on hundreds of message boards during busy travel periods in the coming months.

"With the 'Use Yah Blinkah' sign, we got people's attention," said Highway Administrator Frank DePaola. "By changing the routine messages, we hope to bring a new light to important public safety messages that sometimes may be overlooked."

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yorkiemum August 16 2014 at 6:21 AM

Wicked awesome!

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backpkr580 August 16 2014 at 8:40 AM

Todays drivers think you have ESP knowing what there going to do next when driving .... I wonder if I bought a new car will it be cheaper if I ask to leave the signal lights off cause people around here dont know what there used for

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db1219 backpkr580 August 16 2014 at 1:00 PM

Hey, backpkr. Normally, I agree with what you post, but I have to point out something to you toady. It's your use of "there". There are three different ways to spell that word, and they have different meanings.
There---a place
Their----a belong to people
They're----a contraction of the words they and are.
Please learn these because you used "there" incorrectly twice.

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db1219 db1219 August 16 2014 at 1:02 PM

See, I misspelled a word---instead of writing "today", I wrote "toady".

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lilywhyt backpkr580 August 16 2014 at 2:01 PM

hey, db1219..... you may have meant 'today' when you typed "toady'".

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plewdawg August 16 2014 at 7:11 AM

Good because there is nothing funny in MA

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belldn3 August 16 2014 at 12:10 PM

Is there a sign about Mitt being president? Now that's funny.

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yayabeanes August 16 2014 at 4:58 PM

Hey you...Yeah, you...You know what you did...Don't do it again.

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JoJo August 16 2014 at 9:57 AM

that just shows you that Mass. residents know there language and a quiet bright .Unlike Republicans

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db1219 JoJo August 16 2014 at 12:55 PM

You do not know the English language, JoJo. "there" should have been spelled "their"----it is a possessive. And what does "and a quiet bright." mean?? Did you mean that they are QUITE BRIGHT?? Go back to school and learn how to spell.

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dickn2000b JoJo August 16 2014 at 7:29 PM

Yeah, JoJo you really demonstrated how quiet bright (quite bright) YOU, an obvious, ignorant, uneducated Dumocrat are. Go check the air in the tires of your house.

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investigatorkch August 16 2014 at 7:11 PM

why are they making fun of those that live down south........

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