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Contest Leads to New GDOT Billboards

Posted by John Hadden | Feb 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Georgia drivers may mutter or curse when they have to deal with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), but a recent contest put on by the agency shows that not only are some employees creative, they know how to bring out the creativity in others.

Georgia DOT Asks for Contest Submissions

In the fall of 2019, GDOT put out a call for Georgia residents to submit entries for safety messages to be displayed on the state's many digital billboard signs. The rules of the contest were simple: each submission could not exceed 63 characters (including spaces), and it had to fit into one of five categories:

  1. general safety,
  2. distracted driving,
  3. impaired driving,
  4. seat belt usage, and
  5. work-zone safety.

The idea was to have the billboards be fun and entertaining while also reminding drivers about the rules of the road to ensure the safety of everyone.


GDOT received hundreds of entries. GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry told the State Transportation Board:

We had a lot of them we probably couldn't show you. They were funny.

Some of the most notable winners of the contest include the following.

General Safety

If you miss your exit it's okay, we made more up ahead.
Drive like your mama is watchin'.
You are allowed to use turn signals. We checked.

Distracted Driving

You look great but the selfie can wait.
No one wants to see traffic on Snapchat, Brenda.
Pop quiz, what is the speed limit on this road?

Impaired Driving

Driving half lit is not very bright.
Don't be a turkey and drive basted.

Seat Belt Usage

If you don't wear a seat belt, please be an organ donor.
Seat belts make you look thinner.

Work-Zone Safety

Look left, look right, keep workers in sight.
Avoid destruction, mind the construction.

Hadden Law Firm, Accident Experts

While the contest was meant to be fun, it has a serious message. Accidents, and serious ones, happen every day in the Atlanta area and all around Georgia. Whether you were injured by someone else's distracted or impaired driving, or you were involved in a crash that occurred in a construction zone, you deserve a firm that will investigate your case and not only find those who are responsible but hold them accountable for their actions.

Call The Hadden Law firm at 404-939-4525 or fill out a contact form to get started on your case today.

About the Author

John Hadden

John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Greens Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court...


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