A witty one-liner could score you some prizes and bragging rights.

The Maine Department of Transportation is hosting a contest that invites Mainers to come up with their own witty safety messages. Winning selections will be displayed on the changeable safety signs along Interstate 95.

Prizes include tickets to the top of the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, tickets from the Maine State Ferry Service, a pass to one of the Maine State Parks or a pass to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

Safety message themes include:

  • Distracted Driving
  • Impaired Driving
  • Seatbelts
  • Speeding
  • General Safety
  • Wildlife
  • Winter Driving
  • Events (holidays, sporting events, movies, etc)

The contest wraps up on Sunday. Submissions can be entered at Maine.gov/MDOT.

The Maine DOT has used witty messages to promote road safety over the past couple of years. According to the Portland Press Herald, the federal highway administrator assigned to Maine gave officials the go ahead to display lighthearted messages, rather than the sometimes grim and heavy handed reminders of years past.