MassDOT reminding drivers: “Use yah blinkah”

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP-AP) – Drivers statewide got a somewhat humorous piece of safety advice Friday morning, thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Electronic signboards statewide, including those on I-91 in Springfield, featured the message: “Changing lanes? Use yah blinkah.”

While people in western Massachusetts generally do not speak with an accent, many people in the eastern part of the state pronounce blinker, or turn signal, as “blinkah.”

The signs are scheduled to stay up through the Mother’s Day on Sunday, which state officials say is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

Steve Kareta of Ludlow told 22News, “I love it. I’m thrilled. I hate it when people cut me off, and not only is it annoying but it’s dangerous.”

“I was driving with my daughter and somebody just cut right in front of her, and no blinker at all. I was in a passenger seat. She was driving my car and I was in a passenger seat. I had to scream basically,” said Sheila Baymon of Springfield.

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.

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