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So punny! ADOT announces winners of this year’s safety message contest

TUCSON – Whether you are a dog fan or just enjoy a good pun, this year’s winning slogans of Arizona Department of Transportation statewide Safety Message Contest is sure to put a smile on your face.

For the third year, ADOT kicked off their statewide safety contest to help promote traffic safety across the Arizona highways. spread aware in April. After receiving more than 3,200 entries, the department narrowed down their favorite entries to 15 finalists and put them to vote.

“These messages are wonderful and because the public invested their time into voting for their favorites, hopefully they carry a little more meaning and driver’s will take the messages to heart when they see them this weekend over Arizona’s highways,” said  ADOT Director John Halikowski. “Even as a cat owner, I can appreciate the sentiment of wanting to live up to being the people our pets believe us to be.”

After tallying more than 5,000 votes, ADOT announced the two winning messages on Friday.

According to ADOT, Mitzie Warner of Chandler submitted the winning message “Drive like the person your dog thinks you are”. David Posey of San Tan Valley contributed the second winning message, “Drink & drive? Meet police and see new bars”.

The messages will be displayed on the overhead signs across the state throughout the weekend.

“Dogs see the best in us,” Warner said. “If we all drove like the people they believe us to be – a little nicer, a little more courtesy – it’d be much better.”

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.
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