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NDOT seeks your clever messages to help with driver safety

Updated August 5, 2020 - 8:59 am

In Las Vegas, everyone has a dream of seeing their name in lights. The Nevada Department of Transportation wants to, at least, put your traffic-safety message there.

The agency needs your ideas to make drivers smile, think and focus on the road and will display winning submissions on its nearly 400 electronic freeway signs to make motorists take notice, according to a news release.

Messages such as “Texting and Driving? Oh Cell No” or the holiday-themed “Only Reindeer Can Fly. Watch Your Speed” are a couple of the examples NDOT offered as slogans that can start conversations and help change driving behaviors.

If your entry is selected, you might see it in lights along interstates and highways across Nevada.

“Although the contest winners won’t receive a certificate or trophy, they will receive a much greater prize: the deep satisfaction of crafting a carefully-worded and potentially life-saving slogan that will be displayed across the state’s 400 billboard-sized freeway signs,” NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said in an emailed statement.

Messages cannot exceed three lines long. Each line has an 18-character limit, including spaces.

More rules

— Entries must relate to traffic safety.

— Messages can address the state’s traffic-safety focus areas: buckling up, focusing on the road, never driving impaired, motorcycle safety or other traffic-safety elements.

— You must be a Nevada resident 16 or older. By submitting, entrants acknowledge that they are 16 or older and grant NDOT rights to use and distribute proposed messages in all formats.

— No hashtags, punctuation, website addresses, phone numbers or emojis.

— No advertising allowed.

— Defamatory, threatening or otherwise unlawful or untasteful submissions will not be considered.

— All submissions become intellectual property of the state of Nevada. The state retains unrestricted rights to alter, distribute, reproduce and use the submission.

— Entrants agree to not pursue copyright or other legal protection for their proposed message and to allow the message in original or altered format to be freely available to the general public.

— The state of Nevada reserves all rights, including to change or suspend the contest without notice or to not use/display message at the discretion of the state.

The deadline to submit messages is Aug. 31. You can submit your entry here.

Contact Tony Garcia at tgarcia@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0307. Follow @TonyGLVNews on Twitter.

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