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Federal Government Prohibits Funny Electronic Messages on Highways

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PHOENIX — Get ready to⁣ say goodbye to the quirky⁢ and humorous electronic signs on‌ highways and freeways. The ​U.S. Federal Highway Administration has mandated that ⁣states ‍implement changes to remove these signs​ within the⁣ next two years.

The new⁣ 1,100-page manual ‌released by the ⁤administration outlines the rules for⁤ regulating signs and other⁣ traffic⁣ control devices. The focus is on ensuring that signs are simple, direct, brief, legible, and clear, providing important information ⁢to drivers such as warnings about crashes, adverse ⁤weather conditions, ‍and traffic ​delays. Seat belt reminders and warnings about the dangers of speeding ‌or driving impaired are also allowed.

Messages such ⁣as ​”Use Yah Blinkah” in‍ Massachusetts, “Visiting⁤ in-laws? Slow down, get there ⁤late” from ‌Ohio, and “Hocus ⁤pocus, drive with focus” ⁤from New Jersey ‍will soon be a thing of the ​past. Arizona, which⁤ has more than 300‍ electronic signs above its highways, has been ‌known for its⁢ creative and funny messages. The state ⁢Department of Transportation has held a contest for ⁤the ‌funniest and most ‍creative messages for the last seven years.

State Rep. David Cook, a Republican from Globe, expressed his support for ‍the humorous ‍signs, questioning the‍ federal​ government’s intervention in state ‍matters. However, the Utah ⁣Department of Transportation has ​already stopped using humorous electronic signs in‍ 2022, shifting its⁤ focus‍ to other methods of promoting safe driving.

As we bid farewell to ⁢the‍ quirky​ signs,​ it’s important to remember that‍ the priority‌ is to ensure the safety ⁤and ‍well-being of ⁣drivers on the ​road.

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