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Haboob Haikus: Arizona Creates New Initiative To Promote Dust Storm Safety

Arizona Dust Storm

06/13/12 06:26 PM ET  AP

PHOENIX -- Arizona transportation officials are getting 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 says 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 (hash)HaboobHaiku.

Check out some of the #HaboobHaiku submissions below, and tweet your own!:
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  • Mindy Lee

  • Mic Welch

  • Danielle Lerner

  • Joshua Jansen

  • Joshua Jansen

  • Claire Coady

  • Claire Coady

  • goAZ Traffic

  • Joshua Jansen

  • Andrew Quadri

  • Andrew Quadri

  • Lisa Fullam

  • Chase Moskal

  • Andrew Quadri

  • Donna Lewis

  • Bob A. Dick

  • Derrick Holt

  • At Best Is Korny

  • Chris Dunn

  • Mindy Lee

  • Mindy Lee

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