In 2026: Highway Road Signs Get Serious

January 17, 2024

Seatbelts always pass a vibe check.

One of the two winners in Arizona’s Department of Transportation’s 2023 search for funny and creative road sign messages, which received 3,700 submissions. Now, these funny messages will be banned nationwide beginning in 2026.

What To Know: States have been given two years to apply new changes in the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s new Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The manual outlines a new rule banning “overhead electronic signs with obscure meanings, references to pop culture or those intended to be funny … because they can be misunderstood or distracting to drivers” (The Associated Press).

The agency says these signs should only be used for important information, reminders or warnings. They warn that funny signs are distracting, and not universally understood by everyone.

Read More: No joke: Feds are banning humorous electronic messages on highways (The Associated Press)

by Sarah Pinkerton,