Ariz. Asks for Haikus About Dust Storm Safety

Haiku challenge runs through Friday

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    An pair of Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer take measurements during a massive 2011 dust storm.

    Calling all poets.

    Arizona transportation officials are calling for you to get the message out about dust storm safety — in precisely 17 syllables.

    The Arizona Department of Transportation is encouraging Twitter users to tweet haikus around the theme safe driving in haboobs — severe dust storms that hit Phoenix in the summer.

    An example, from Phoenix resident Mindy Lee, who goes by the Twitter handle mindyblee: "Haboobs blow through town / In one instant it is dark / Pull over and wait."

    Transportation department spokesman Timothy Tait said the agency was looking for a creative way to engage residents in its "Pull Aside Stay Alive" campaign.

    So far they've seen more than 30 entries and are re-tweeting some of the best ones.

    The haiku challenge runs through Friday. Tweeters are asked to include the hashtag #HaboobHaiku.