IDOT picks winners of sign contest

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information provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 18, 2019) – The Illinois Department of Transportation is recognizing six members of the public for their creative ideas to improve safety as part of the department’s digital message sign contest. More than 1,400 entries were submitted in six categories.

Winners

Leanne Harbour
PUT DOWN THE PHONE

AND NOBODY GETS HURT
(Category: Distracted Driving)

Grant Mitchell
ONLY THE CASSEROLE SHOULD BE BAKED
DON’T DRIVE HIGH
(Category: Impaired Driving)

Audra Noyes

YOU LOOK SO CUTE IN THAT SEATBELT
(Category: Occupant Restraint)

John Shukites
DASHING THRU THE SNOW?
SLOW DOWN!
(Category: Speeding)

Gene Larkin
DRIVE LIKE YOUR FAMILY IS IN THE NEXT CAR
(Category: Vulnerable Users)

Lisa Hansen
SOMEONE I LOVE WORKS ON ROADS
SLOW IN THE ZONE!
(Category: Work Zone)

The six winners will receive a decorative, personalized street sign. Their messages will be in rotation on approximately 100 overhead dynamic message signs statewide in 2019.

The digital sign contest was a component of IDOT’s comprehensive multimedia campaign, Life or Death Illinois, which highlights the incredible responsibility of each driver to make good decisions to keep our roads safe and to decrease the number of lives lost each year.

Current digital messages can be viewed in real time on the Travel Midwest website: