How to get your joke onto Austin’s digital road signs — no hacking required

02 OCTOBER 2013:  A road sign on Barton Springs Road alternates with warnings of upcoming road closure and dates of the closure that correspond with the Austin City Limits Music Festival being held in Zilker Park in Austin, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.   The Austin City Limits Music Festival runs Oct. 4th - Oct. 6th and Oct. 11th - Oct. 13th.     (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

A road sign on Barton Springs Road alternates with warnings of upcoming road closure and dates of the closure that correspond with the Austin City Limits Music Festival being held in Zilker Park in Austin, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. The Austin City Limits Music Festival runs Oct. 4th – Oct. 6th and Oct. 11th – Oct. 13th. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

What if you didn’t have to hack Austin’s digital road signs to see your joke in bright lights? The Austin Transportation Department is giving you the chance to do just that after putting out a call for “clever driving and safety tips to display on electronic roadway signs all over town.”

The month-long competition asks that starting today participants submit witty messages with “local flavor” to be used on digital road signs to help alert drivers to changes in traffic, severe weather conditions or general safety reminders.

The winning messages will be displayed on the signs and tweeted out by the Austin Mobility Department’s Twitter account. Submissions may consist of two flashing panels with three lines each containing 14 characters.

ATD offers a few examples:

  • Mamas don’t let your babies text and drive.
  • Don’t be a slacker, buckle up!
  • Lane closure ahead, all right, all right, all right.

Detour sign in downtown Austin #Austin #JKL #alrightalrightalright

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ATD asks that participants not submit inappropriate messages for consideration.

READ: West Campus road sign hacked with obscene message for Harambe

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