The federal government is not amused by the witty highway safety messages that are posted on several highways across the country, including in Georgia, to prevent auto accidents. The federal government has banned these humorous electronic safety messages across the country.
The Federal Highway Administration, which is in charge of regulating the nation’s massive network of highways, recently released a 1000 – page manual which also includes rules for the design of safety signs. The manual makes it clear that it considers these messages to be distracting. Rather than preventing auto accidents, the FHA believes the messages make car accidents more likely.
Over the past few years, several states including Georgia, have attempted to attract motorist attention to highway safety issues by posting humorous safety messages that use wordplay, a pun-friendly style or references to pop culture to grab eyeballs. Georgia transportation safety experts experimented with these witty signs, and in 2020, held a contest to find the most humorous sign ideas. Winning entries included gems like You Look Great, But the Selfie Can Wait, Better Late Than Never, and our favorite If You Missed the Exit, It’s OK, We Made More Up Ahead, and began flashing on several highways after these were picked out of hundreds of entries. Over the next few months, however, many of these messages may simply be phased out as a result of the new federal rules.