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Todd Dills

Hawk to DOT: “Point me to the nearest roadkill?”

| November 06, 2012

We noticed an interesting on-highway bedfellow among the exemplars of effective writing in this month’s Wylie’s Writing Tips newsletter. Near the bottom of the letter, the writers urged us all to “tweet like WADOT…

“The Washington State Department of Transportation feed brings a sense of humor to public service announcements and other official communications.”

Wylie provided these sample tweets, for example:

  • “@blowdart Doh! We’ll do better next time. We feel the same way about ‘daylight-saving time’ – hyphenated, no S.”
  • “PSA O’day: It’s not the luck of the Irish that’ll get you home safely; it’s a cabby or DD. Don’t drink and drive. #stpattysday
  • “Thunder, lightning, hail & rain, oh my. http://twitpic.com/49trz5 Be sure to leave extra space btwn you and the cars in front.”
  • “Expecting busy weekend for @wsferries. Pack patience if ferry trip planned for this wknd. Ferry alerts: http://bit.ly/9EfdcV
  • “Slightly giddy watching tug pull the 1st pontoon, then reminded there are 76 more to go: http://bit.ly/S7COZL #followthetug
  • “There’s a breakdown worth gawking at… a couple of gorgeous classics on SB I-405 exit to SE 8th. http://yfrog.com/ocxk8ktj

Pretty funny, yes, but when @wsdot  on Nov. 2 posted the still at right from a traffic camera in Wenatchee, Wash. — asking, “What do you think he wants to tell us?” — the responses @wsdot followers left were better, I’d say:

  • @wsdot He’s asking if you can point him to roadkill
  • @wsdot Probably just verifying the camera works for ya.. spare the work crews some angst ;)
  • @wsdot I’m pretty sure he wants to tell us to #Approve74 cause he supports Marriage equality! :-)
Excepting that last tweet, here’s to Election Day Channel 19 reads that have little to nothing to do with politics. Here’s hoping you got your votes in early if you’re out on the road today. Speaking of which, check out this new poll on how you voted – absentee, early, in-person today or by another method.