Missouri lawmaker Tony Lovasco has filed a bill to prohibit MoDOT from using playful roadside messages.
He wants signs to convey information about traffic conditions, weather, or emergency alerts only instead of MoDOT's current “dynamic messages,” according to his proposal.
Lavasco, a Republican representative from O'Fallon, said on Twitter that playful roadside messages on expensive boards, like “Santa’s Coming Have You Been A Good Driver?,” are “silly puns” and a waste of money.
But John Nelson, assistant to the State Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer, said the signs are necessary as they convey critical traveler information to motorists and keep them “being mindful of good behaviors as they’re operating on the roadways.”
MoDOT only takes opportunity to use dynamic safety messages when road conditions are safe, Nelson said.
“If there is a crash up ahead or a work zone or bad road conditions, those are the types of messages that are always going to take precedence,” Nelson said.