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Haboob haikus for Arizona dust storm safety

4:40 PM, Jun 14, 2012   |    comments
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PHOENIX (AP) - 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 #HaboobHaiku.

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