INDOT investigates expletives in highway signs

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Motorists traveling along a southern Indiana highway got a rude greeting from electronic road signs flashing obscene messages.

Sgt. Curt Durnil with Indiana State Police tells The Herald-Times the nasty wording on two message boards along Indiana 37 in the Bloomington and Martinsville areas was “unbelievable.”

One of the signs flashed a message with a profanity instructing motorists to slow down, while the other urged them to have “Merry” New Year with a version of the same expletive added for emphasis.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity says the state agency isn’t sure how the electronic signs were tampered with to produce the obscene messages.

He says INDOT is working with a state subcontractor to find all of the signs flashing the messages and “rectify” the problem. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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