MassDOT Announces Highway Message Board Winners

An electronic highway sign is seen on Interstate 93 in Boston, Friday, May 9, 2014. The Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation posted the message "Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah" on the signs around the city. "Blinkah" is how Bostonians pronounce "blinker". (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
An electronic highway sign is seen on Interstate 93 in Boston.
MICHAEL DWYER/ AP

After the ‘Use Yah Blinkah’ sign went viral last May, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation asked people to use the hashtag #DOTSPEAK to submit suggestions for a new sign on I-93.

And now, the winners of three categories have been announced:

- Road Rage Winner (August 15-18): “Keep Calm and Drive On” submitted by Patrick Casey, of Allston, MA

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- Distracted Driving Winner (Labor Day Weekend): “Put down the phone! Your LOLs and OMGs can wait.” Submitted by Justin Lovell, of Whitman, MA

- Seat Belt Use Winner (Columbus Day Weekend): “Make yah Ma proud, wear yah seatbelt” submitted by The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program team of Safe Roads Alliance

“We received some very creative, thoughtful and funny message suggestions,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey in a statement. “I encourage people to continue to engage with us – you’re our eyes and ears on the road, and we rely on you to help keep the roads safe.”

Here are some suggestions that were not chosen as winners: