What is most exciting in life? The answer really depends on the person you ask. Some might say riding Jet Skis. Others might settle on sky diving. A few folks out there might even choose flaming donuts. But not many — if any — brave souls would say that the most exciting part of their lives is seeing traffic signs out on the road.
At least not until recently, when the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) updated their programmable traffic signs with fun yet informative messages selected from a statewide contest, along with timely recommendations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Let's take a look at some of the messages those signs are displaying, starting with a few of the more fun, general traffic instructions.
Entertaining Sign Messages Delivering Important Information
Here are the first-place winners from the GDOT's recent sign message contest:
"If you miss your exit it's okay, we made more up ahead."
One of the most dangerous maneuvers you'll ever see on the road is the last-minute swerve some drivers pull to make an exit. Not only does it endanger other drivers, but it also places them at extreme risk of hitting another vehicle or a barricade. This message gets across the simple point that there's always another exit.
"You look great but the selfie can wait."
In our social media-obsessed society, selfie is one of the best ways to show the world how confident and happy you are feeling — or something like that. The problem is that many people take selfies in the worst places possible. Aside from taking one right on the edge of the Grand Canyon, taking a selfie while driving is perhaps the most dangerous way to do so, and it also puts other people at risk. This message will remind snap-happy drivers to wait until they are no longer operating a motor vehicle to line up the perfect shot of their new haircut.
"Driving half lit is not very bright."
Drunk driving is a serious problem that results in unnecessary deaths and injuries due to the carelessness and selfishness of drivers who choose to drive drunk. This message clearly communicates that driving drunk is more than just irresponsible — it's stupid.
"This is a sign you should buckle up."
What's the best way to wind up flying through your windshield? I don't know, exactly, but failing to buckle up is a good way to start. Listen to the sign: buckle your seat belt every time.
"Look left, look right, keep workers insight."
Construction on and near roads is simply a part of everyday life now. Keeping construction workers safe is one of the most important functions of traffic safety signs, and that's exactly what this message helps to do.
Important Messages for the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has rapidly altered our society. The changes have occurred so quickly, in fact, that it can be hard to remember all of them. That's one reason why the new GDOT sign messages about coronavirus are so helpful.
With entertaining reminders such as "Masks Are In, Everybody is Wearing Them," "Wash Your Hands Like Your Momma is Watchin'," and "Feel Sick? Stay Home" displayed on roadway signs, it will be much easier for Georgia drivers to remember to take care of the basics during the pandemic. It's just one more way programmable traffic signs contribute to our safety and well-being.