‘Stay to the right, Santa needs the left lane tonight’: ODOT signs encourage safe driving this holiday


CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Ohio Department of Transportation is promoting safe driving with a holiday twist this season.

A series of messages on the state’s 130 digital signs focus on distracted driving and driving while impaired.

(Image courtesy: ODOT)

“The vast majority of traffic deaths in Ohio are completely preventable,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “While we engineer roads to be as safe as possible, the one thing we cannot control is driver behavior. We’re urging drivers to put down the phone, buckle up, drive sober, and obey the speed limit.”

Two of the signs reference the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story.” There’s a nod to the leg lamp that Ralphie’s dad gets as a major award, saying “Life is fra-gee-lay. Drive safe,” as well as the infamous tongue stuck to the flag pole with, “Drop the phone. We triple dog dare you.”

(Image courtesy: ODOT)
(Image courtesy: ODOT)

Another message is from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It reads, “Can I refill your eggnog, Eddie? If your relatives make you drink, don’t drive.”

(Image courtesy: ODOT)

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