Look both ways before you cross the road. Though it's been said a million times, people still have a hard time following directions. That's why the Department of Transportation has launched its new Curbside Haiku safety program, which combines traditional Japanese poetry and modern art to increase traffic safety.

8 million swimming / The traffic rolling like waves / Watch for undertow, says one sign with a the nondescript illustration of a stick figure walking in front of a giant wave. The signs are artistic, informative and eye-catching.

We are looking for ways to get through to the public so they pay more attentions, said Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at the unveiling of the signs, according to DNA Info. The signs have been paid for with a state grant and with the charges collected by individuals who have been caught driving while intoxicated.

To view all the designs, visit the New York City Department of Transportation website.