Use Yah Blinkah!

Blinkah Warning660


What I  love about Boston is that as a rule, people really have a great sense of humor.

In a bid to get notoriously aggressive Boston drivers to use their turn signals, Massachusetts officials tried to put the message into terms that only they would understand.

Electronic highway signs around the city now say, “Changing Lanes? Use Yah Blinkah.”

“Blinkah” is how Bostonians pronounce “blinker,” otherwise known as a turn signal.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation changed the message Friday and say the signs will stay up through Mother’s Day on Sunday, which officials say is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

The message reportedly was prompted by a complaint from a resident who requested officials find a way to discourage sporadic lane changes, The Boston Globe reported.

A MassDOT spokeswoman told The Globe the agency saw the request and in addressing it, decided to have a little fun.

Drivers who fail to use their “blinkah” when changing lanes on a Massachusetts highway are subject to a fine. Police across the state handed out almost 5,000 tickets for the offense last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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