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Ireland has the lowest road deaths in entire EU. These are our road safety adverts. Removed - Misleading Information

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u/SurSheepz Jun 30 '22

Australian ones are really good too, that being said we still have some real dickheads on the road.

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u/EveryFairyDies Jun 30 '22

Well, if you drink and drive, you are a bloody idiot.

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u/ImInsideYourButt Jun 30 '22

And a shitcunt

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u/AegisToast Jun 30 '22

And every other combination on this chart.

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u/DennisTheTennis Jun 30 '22

imo drunk / drug driving should be jail time even if u dont kill anyone

its analogous to firing a gun in the fog

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u/[deleted] Jun 30 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

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u/Autistic_Atheist Jun 30 '22

The anti-smoking ads are also real good. Perfect visualisation of why smoking is fucking stupid

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u/shaddowkhan Jun 30 '22

The next video after this one while scrolling was one of the hose ads.

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u/bibabybums Jun 30 '22

This advert has been burned into my mind since I was a teenager

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u/LiamMurray91 Jun 30 '22

This! And that other one with the body to body song. Fucking engraved in my mind!

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u/PollyWentlightly Jun 30 '22 Silver

It was the guy without the seatbelt that did the damage

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u/kappaway Jun 30 '22

Never, ever drink and joyride.

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u/awebradisek Jun 30 '22

Also avoid roads as a pedestrian. Being unnecessarily near huge hunks of metal flying by is a bad idea. Lots of lessons in this disturbingly real video.

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u/Glenster118 Jun 30 '22

Yeah, just avoid roads. easy.

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u/BadUsername_Numbers Jun 30 '22

And remember, never go outside alone. Or at all unless you really really need to.

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u/CyberMindGrrl Jun 30 '22

Just stay inside. The world is a dangerous place.

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u/funnystuffmakesmelol Jun 30 '22

There's one way worse than this, it's a load of little kids picking flowers in a field or something like that, and a car flips and smashed through a wall and kept rolling and killed all the kids. That's by far the worst one. Saw it in group thing to stop drinking. They showed some horrible stuff to use as scare tactics to make you not drink and drive.

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u/Vovoir Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

Doe Video Director: "So how are WE going to proceed?"

Doe Marketing Director: "Oh, get every watcher traumatized... AND give them nightmares, terrible nightmares... (Evil laugh)".

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u/funnystuffmakesmelol Jun 30 '22

That's the one!!

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u/Practical-Change4764 Jun 30 '22

Holy shit! They throw all that at you then end it with a “shame on you”. Damn they don’t mince words

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u/ZaneWinterborn Jun 30 '22

Holy fuck! These are brutal.

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u/Ok_Macaron_1615 Jun 30 '22

Is it just me or is there a distinct squish sound effect in there when the car hits them?

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u/CashCow4u Jun 30 '22

They showed some horrible stuff to use as scare tactics to make you not drink and drive.

showing the consequences of actions may feel like a scare tactic, but it's much more effective than just telling people than speeding, texting & drunk/drugged driving causes accidents, especially teens/young adults that have no experience seeing what real life horrific accidents often happen as a result.

Edit: they think they're 10ft tall, bulletproof & that stuff only happens in the movies.

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u/DAVID_Gamer_5698 Jun 30 '22

Does it work?

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u/Range-Aggravating Jun 30 '22 Take My Energy

Yeah it does, I stopped hanging out with kids in fields and started driving. Its safer.

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u/AptoticFox Jun 30 '22

When I was younger, two sisters were sitting on a grassy hill, and a kid in a Dodge Viper lost control going too fast, came off the road and ran them both over. Then back on the road, across 4 lanes and off the other side.

Both girls died.

The ads may be fiction, but they're definitely based on reality.

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u/trentraps Jun 30 '22

I put that Samantha Mumba song on when we were on a road trip in rural Wicklow. The Irish guys did not appreciate it, at all.

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u/_clash_recruit_ Jun 30 '22

In highschool we had these classes before homecoming and prom showing gruesome videos and crash scene photos of kids like decapitated. Almost everyone still drove drunk.

I was lucky and it was almost always my boyfriend throwing the parties. I would tell my parents i was staying at a friend's house and just stay there, but in hindsight, i can't believe we let so many of our friends drive drunk.

When my son gets to highschool, I plan on just setting him up with a Lyft or Uber account. I don't think you can really stop a teenager from partying if they really want to.

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u/whdr02 Jun 30 '22

I think you have to be 18 (in the states) to use an uber unaccompanied :-(

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u/ICanBeKinder Jun 30 '22

Tbh, I drove Uber and anytime a kid got in my car I just pretended I didn't know their age. One time I picked up a group of very clearly Highschool boys sneaking out of their houses in pajamas as a group to go meet with a group of HS girls in a cul de sac nearby. They had me pull up to the end of the street and park so that they could meet me and not wake their parents.

I didn't see anything.

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u/_clash_recruit_ Jun 30 '22

Yeah i wouldn't take elementary school kids or anything after a bad experience, but unless they start requiring IDs for passengers, some 14 year-olds look 18 and some 20 year-olds look 14.

I was absolutely horrified when I got a call and the parents expected me to drop off a 7 year old kid at Wonder works on i-drive for a birthday party. When i asked the kid if he saw anyone he knew he said "ummm i don't know". I had to park my car and walk him in. Drop-off/pickup can be tricky on i-drive and i couldn't park right infront of the building. I wasn't about to let a 7 year old out in one of the busiest places in Orlando and hope he found the right building. Some people shouldn't have kids.

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u/ICanBeKinder Jun 30 '22

Yea in my case it was always obviously 15+ kids. I never had someone that young or I woulda refused it prolly. If you cant find your way home I dont want you in my car lmao

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u/_clash_recruit_ Jun 30 '22

I had just started driving. I actually got on Reddit while i was still in the parking garage and asked on the Lyft drivers sub if that was normal because they seemed so nonchalant about it. Pretty much everyone said no but some drivers just go ahead and do it.

I also had about a dozen people with infants tell me they take Lyfts all the time without carseats.

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u/ICanBeKinder Jun 30 '22

The thing people always try to do is sneak alcohol into the car. Like bring a drink in without me knowing. Cmon guys...

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u/_clash_recruit_ Jun 30 '22

Oh gosh unless there was like a $40 bonus i wouldn't even drive downtown or for sporting events. I tried to stick to Disney and sometimes Universal at night, but one of the reasons I stopped driving is because they would try to pull me from Disney all the way over to Pine Hills aka "crime hills". Or they would try to pull me from Universal over to Texas Ave.. a neighborhood they can't even get cable in because so many technicians have been robbed and even killed. Then if i denied those rides my acceptance rating would drop so i couldn't see my next ride. Ugh. That company treats drivers like absolute shit.

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u/_clash_recruit_ Jun 30 '22

I heard that changed but haven't looked into it. I drove for Lyft when I was pregnant and yeah, at the time, your personal insurance will cut off when you're on the clock, then Lyft's insurance would not cover you if you KNOWINGLY transported a minor.

I would drive them as long as they looked close to 18 but had to turn down half a dozen elementary School kids. And probably a dozen parents with infants and no carseat.

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u/Not-a-Throwaway-8 Jun 30 '22

In theory, yes; in practice, I haven't seen a driver care nor check ID

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u/TheDemonHauntedWorld Jun 30 '22

I don't understand drunk driving.

I've done it once in my ~15 years of driving. Because the stupid designated driver decided "one" drink was no problem then another, and by the end of the night he was hammered... so I who was less drunk of the group took his keys.

I was completely aware of how unpaired I was and how slow my reflexes were while doing it.

That experience just cemented in my mind how stupid it is to drive drunk.

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u/[deleted] Jun 30 '22

That happened to me once as well and then I was promptly pulled over by a state trooper who was camping the road right outside of the bar. Spending the night in jail fucking sucked. Only thing I've ever had on my record and that was 12 years ago. Never again.

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u/lifeandtimes89 Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

And the poor kids standing in his garden, the car flips over his fence and the dad screaming running to him.

The song is fucking haunting as well

I'll never forget it

Edit: I'm gonna log off and go play with my kids and never take them for granted

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u/OverwoodsAlterEgo Jun 30 '22

“Could YOU live with the shame?”

…fuck

Low key challenges you not to kill yourself…

Seriously. Don’t drink and drive.

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u/acvdk Jun 30 '22

Catholic country. Shame is the best tactic.

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u/g11ling Jun 30 '22

Wasn't prepared for this. Realy is a graphic. I never ever cry over an advert but hey, you got me going. Damn, gonna show this to my kids when they get their driverlicense. I think every country should have such warning-vids on tv or social media.

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u/DoctorProfessorTaco Jun 30 '22

My high school had something like this but in person. They brought all the students outside to a road right outside the school (a road connecting school parking lots and on school property, not like an actual road) to a very carefully reconstructed car crash scene, one that looked totally real, had two totaled cars with two teenagers doing a good job acting as the unconscious/dead drivers. I think it was arranged like an actual texting and driving head on collision that had happened. They ran through the entirety of what happens afterwards, the police showed up, the fire department showed up, ambulances showed up, they cut the roof off of one of the cars the get the driver out, they had the “parents” of the kid show up and see the scene, they had the drivers taken away in ambulances. No one was narrating anything going on, just letting it speak for itself. Was pretty powerful stuff.

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u/SometimesIArt Jun 30 '22

I was an actor student in one of these as the drunk driver where all of my passengers died or were seriously injured. Everyone watching started out by laughing at the fake scene and student acting, being too cool for school teenagers. Then as the sirens came in and ambulance and fire and police showed up they all got more and more sobered until the very end when sheets were pulled over their classmates' faces. Then everyone was dead silent.

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u/trotskys_ghost Jun 30 '22

Reminds me of a thing our school did with a bunch of other schools as well. It wasn't a reconstruction like you mentioned, but we were all brought to a big auditorium and spent about two hours listening to Garda (police), paramedics, and firemen tell their horror stories. They all had pretty graphic images from real incidents also.

The one that stuck with me the most is the story from a fireman. They were on call at night and had to respond to a road traffic accident. Three firemen were ready first and so they went off in a pickup to the scene with some equipment before the main engine was ready. The engine with the rest of the crew would follow as soon as they could. The speaker was in the pickup truck and so was one of the first responders on the scene. Gardai were already there but no paramedics yet.

One of the dead was a son of one of the firemen who would be arriving in the engine in just minutes. They had to secure the scene and attend to the driver who was badly injured but still alive, and leave this dead boy, who they knew and were close to, on the roadside. Then the speaker got to the point where he tried to tell us what happened when the father arrived. He tried, but he couldn't get it out. He was too choked up with tears.

The father quit the fire service because he couldn't bare it anymore.

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u/stpetergates Jun 30 '22

Bro, I used to live in a house whose backyard was about 100ft away from the highway. We sold that house in Dec of 2019 and in the summer of 2020, a truck driver drove their semi thru that backyard and destroyed part of the kitchen. During that time it happened, we normally would’ve been outside with the kids and I can’t help but think that we dodged a major catastrophe…. I’m gonna go hug my kids now

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u/Prickly-Flower Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

This one is even worse. Just stared at the screen in disbelief when I saw it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNL6t-Eu-IY&ab_channel=catsmoustache

Edit: I used the first result w/o watching it again (still in shock from the first time I watched it ages ago), so apologies for the corny sound effect it apparantly has.

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u/mrekted Jun 30 '22

That sound effect. What the hell?

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u/Irfreddy Jun 30 '22

Here I sit feeling all kinds of sad emotions. Then I literally laugh at the worst moment cause of that terrible sound effect.

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u/Shandlar Jun 30 '22

I'm 85% sure that isn't original. That uploader added it. I saw it on reddit a decade ago and feel I'd remember that.

Probably why it's a 300 sub no-body re-upload with comments turned off.

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u/Sektore Jun 30 '22

Holy shit! I swear if people understood the results of dangerous driving like y’all have shown it would be a system shock and maybe actually change things

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u/manycommentsnoposts Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

That, and the roads are a state. Think 2m wide single track with stone walls and hedges either side, a grassy bit you could graze a sheep on in the middle, a speed limit of 120km/h, and anything from a Land Cruiser to a tractor on the other side of every corner.

It's either that, or you're in Dublin where taxis do 90 on a 50km/h stretch of road, cyclists and van drivers don't give a shit and just point the vehicle in whatever direction they want and go, and pedestrian crossings are just a suggestion.

Honestly with roads like that it's a bit of a miracle our fatality numbers are so low!

The bit at the end where he swerved to dodge a cat reminded me of the time I was driving to the butcher about three years ago, except there wasn't a cat ahead of me, it was an oncoming car and my car wouldn't go into gear. Halfway through an overtake in our piddly little Fiat, with my dad screaming at me to accelerate, a car on my left, and a hedge on my right. Fun times.

And to think my dad had the nerve to scold me for yelling at him when it was happening.

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u/merpancake Jun 30 '22

Jesus fuck Yeah going to play with my kids later. Goddamn

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u/DigbySugartits Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

I'm 40 now and I can still remember the brutal versions we had in Australia when I was a kid.

When I was at uni nobody drank drive. We were all stupid kids who did all sorts of stupid stuff, but driving after a beer was sort of an unspoken taboo.

They worked

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u/Murky_Translator2295 Jun 30 '22

The guy going about his day, but keeps seeing the dead child he ran over, terrified the hell out of me as a kid

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u/crucible Jun 30 '22

This one from the UK?

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u/Murky_Translator2295 Jun 30 '22

Yes! That's it! The bit under the desk and in the dark bedroom at the end are still scary to me

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u/PenguinPound Jun 30 '22

Need this for school shootings in the US.

Maybe people will start to care

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u/De5perad0 Jun 30 '22

That was like a final destination movie.

Very effective.

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u/ElsonDaSushiChef Jun 30 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

I just watched the New Zealand one a few hours ago. That was even more fucked.

The two drivers, in paused time, getting out of their cars, knowing one of them has a son in the back of their car, and getting back into their cars after talking with each other one last time followed by an apology from the speeding driver, knowing that the speeding driver will T-bone the other, killing all three.

Edit: the commercial is called ‘Mistakes’

Edit 2: a kind Redditor reminded me it was Australia not NZ.

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u/cheesesandsneezes Jun 30 '22

They do good road safety ads over there.

I've always been fond of this anti drink driving campaign out of New Zealand.

https://youtu.be/CtWirGxV7Q8

"You know i can't eat your ghost chips bro"

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u/Chandler15 Jun 30 '22

That is incredible

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u/RonaldMcScrooge Jun 30 '22

Everything should be done with a proper kiwi accent, just makes it better all round

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u/reachisown Jun 30 '22

Really can't help but picture Korg.

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u/Solafuge Jun 30 '22

This UK one stuck with me

It's not Graphic like the others. But it is pretty haunting.

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u/anothergaijin Jun 30 '22

That is incredibly well done. Gets the message across very clearly

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u/smlngb Jun 30 '22

What the fuck that was terrifying

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u/Shpudem Jun 30 '22

Yeah, the best so far in terms of impact.

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u/Ostebro Jun 30 '22

Link?

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u/Cyber_Savvy Jun 30 '22

That was bone chilling to watch, but super effective in getting the point across. I wish I saw more commercials like these in America honestly.

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u/Nephroidofdoom Jun 30 '22 Take My Energy

America needs ads like these for gun control….

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u/flaccomcorangy Jun 30 '22

They have existed. I remember there were ones on the radio that would fit this. A kid talking about using the "magic wand" they found in their dad's cabinet and using it on their friend before they accidentally shot them and killed them.

I doubt I could find it now.

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u/cheesesandsneezes Jun 30 '22

That's the truth.

The biggest cause of death in children in the USA at the moment is fire arms.

In Ukraine an average of 2 children are killed per day because of the war.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/06/1119432

The daily average of child deaths in the USA is 4.5.

https://www.teamenough.org/gun-violence-statistics

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u/RogerSaysHi Jun 30 '22

Yes we do. Holy god this ad makes my heart hurt.

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u/10S_NE1 Jun 30 '22

I always liked this one about seatbelts: https://youtu.be/h-8PBx7isoM

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u/boldie74 Jun 30 '22

Holy fuck

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u/outrider567 Jun 30 '22

Yikes horrible

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u/Locke15 Jun 30 '22

You thought that was good? Here's what Northern Ireland brings to the table. https://youtu.be/hpjL8bGC1ks

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u/Calm_Investment Jun 30 '22

Wow.. that is rough.

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u/ZethEd Jun 30 '22

Yeah, man..

I have a baby boy. He has the most beautifull smile and laughter in the world. Whole life ahead of him.

This just makes you think things you don't want to. Holy hell.

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u/brattyginger83 Jun 30 '22

Jesus, why do I feel like these are true stories? These should be played in every HS around the world. Very effective

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u/Locke15 Jun 30 '22

In the more modern ads they are less horrific and more gut wrenching. 'Don't look back' and 'For Ciarán' are two that come to mind.

https://youtu.be/rKUNJMrFeUs

https://youtu.be/dtyOq5ATw18

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u/brattyginger83 Jun 30 '22

Jesus. Thats my kids. "Mom, look. I have a toy. Mom look, look. Just a quick second".... im not doing that game anymore

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u/TheCaliforniaOp Jun 30 '22

There was an anti drug spot showing in California. It’s an early memory.

It shows a beautiful young girl

Then her face catches on fire and burns partially away.

“See Mary die.”

It’s an anti-heroin ad that was put out when the Vietnam War was winding down.

I had screaming nightmares about that ad for years and I’m scared of heroin to this day.

I’d say that spot worked.

I made that connection watching this advert. It takes one through the consequences of a momentary “me me me”; all the consequences.

That ability to transfer virtual empathy, fear, disgust and grief, is maybe the only way people will try to avoid making a mistake themselves, first.

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u/brattyginger83 Jun 30 '22

Thats a lot better. My middle school taught us how to MAKE meth. We had an assembly and were only allowed to take a pen/pencil and one sheet of paper. Speaker used a projection screen with slides (late 90's technology) and proceeded to tell us the exact ingredients involved to make meth. No joke. Its really the only thing I remember from middle school

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u/VeterinarianVast197 Jun 30 '22

Why!!! What was their intended outcome?!

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u/Shandlar Jun 30 '22

Not an driving PSA one, but a Canadian workplace safety PSA from 15 or 20 years back always got me. One of the earliest youtube videos ever sent to me.

Can't find the original upload anymore/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOk2Akqb3CI

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u/mug3n Jun 30 '22

Knew what it was before opening it. That damn scream still sticks with me.

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u/princess_mothership Jun 30 '22

Oh dear goodness I remember the first time I saw that one I was pregnant and going through a phase where almost everything I saw on tv had me in tears. My husband heard the music from the kitchen and realised which advert it was. Came in to find me in floods. Much chocolate was needed. Don’t think I ever watched it again the whole way through. Absolutely brutal.

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u/PerfectDraw28 Jun 30 '22

I had some distant relatives who died by swerving to avoid ducks in the road.

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u/superfuzzbros Jun 30 '22

As bad as it is, it's usually it's better to just hit the animals than to try and avoid them.

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u/sonofzeal Jun 30 '22

The rule I was taught is never swerve to avoid any animal lower than the hood of your car.

Except adult pigs, who apparently have a ribcage like a bowling ball.

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u/superfuzzbros Jun 30 '22

Even with moose or deer or elk most cars and drivers can't safely swerve to avoid them at highway speeds.

It's a bad choice both ways, either possibly flipping over avoiding the animal or hitting it and having it come through the windshield.

A Swedish company has a test called the Swedish Moose Test where driver's swerve the vehicles on a track to simulate trying to avoid a moose. Some cars fail and some pass. But that's all with an experienced driver and no other vehicles on the road.

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u/sonofzeal Jun 30 '22

I highly recommend "Canada's Worst Driver" reality tv show, on YouTube now, if you're into this sort of thing - it was by far the most successful "XYZ's Worst Driver" franchise, mostly because they took their job as a driving rehab centre very seriously. Just about every season does a challenge like this, where one lane splits in two and a foam moose (or something) pops out of one side or the other at the last moment. The big takeaway is always not to brake while swerving or you'll lose traction, and it's also fascinating to see Target Fixation in practice where people will stare at the obstacle and swerve right into it.

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u/AlpacaWarlord Jun 30 '22 Silver

Jesus fucking christ I'm never getting in a car again

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u/Top_Lime1820 Jun 30 '22

And I'm definitely never moving to Ireland! /s

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u/508507-2209 Jun 30 '22

Don't worry there's plenty of safer walls to sit on and get the ride.

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u/ThunderinSkyFucc Jun 30 '22

Now that I know what it's like over there, me either, geez.

Worst. Documentary. Ever.

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u/TiggyHiggs Jun 30 '22

If you do make sure you put on your seatbelt.

https://youtu.be/epTdI-9V6Jk

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u/NeverAskQuestions Jun 30 '22

Seriously though, I've been terrified of driving since I was in a car crash as a kid. This is the second road safety ad I've seen today on Reddit and it only validates my fear even more, lol.

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u/sparkyjay23 Jun 30 '22

This is the second road safety ad I've seen today on Reddit

Me too, I live in London so no need to learn to drive but these PSA are fucking brutal.

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u/NyxMortuus Jun 30 '22

My nephew was hit by a truck while sitting on a park bench. He was stuck under the truck tire for over a half an hour, screaming and crying until he couldn't breathe anymore. The reality of what can happen is not pretty. I am glad they show commercials like this in Ireland.

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u/Emily_Postal Jun 30 '22

That’s awful.

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u/Anjallat Jun 30 '22

And that's the point every fuckwit driver should get.

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u/joepardy Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

If cars would be portrayed as heavy machinery and not like “stuff you can look cool in”, there would be wayyyyy less accidents.

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u/ZackTheSnack476 Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

Like operators of heavy machinery, drivers should have to take tests to renew their license.

Edit: I, like many of you, am also based in the US. I completely misspoke in my original comment, my bad. What I really meant instead of “renew” would be “retest”. Renewing your license online or at the DMV isn’t the same as having to be retested.

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u/Blubbpaule Jun 30 '22

But exactly these fuckwits think "yeah well that wouldn't happen to me becaus ei am perfect!" And continue that behaviour. Sadly.

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u/philo-soph Jun 30 '22

People don’t treat driving with enough respect. It’s so common that we completely underestimate its danger. It’s amazing to me that we let almost anyone do it.

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u/GaeemzGuy Jun 30 '22

Which is why we don’t have flying cars.

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u/Plant_party Jun 30 '22

Also to add that cars have become larger, and more powerful. My car would get annihilated by a soccer mom tank if we got in an accident.

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u/Geawiel Jun 30 '22

When I was a teen, one of my step dad's friends was killed in a car crash. He was driving a VW Bug. The Bug went under the other vehicle, and he was decapitated.

My sister once did crash scene pics. Mainly motorcycle crashes. She'd sometimes send me some of them. I could never tell it was a human being, or recognize anything that looked like a body part, in the pics.

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u/Bogula_D_Ekoms Jun 30 '22

A 15 year old died in my town because his friends took his suped up sports car out for a drive. Dude just loved cars, apparently this dude had been fixing it up himself, and his parents didn't mind I guess. Unfortunately, he was friends with a bunch of dipshits. This was a little town with one four-way intersection, and the asshole driving was going 90 through it. Lost control of the car, slammed into a tree, and since the 15 yo wasn't wearing a seatbelt he got shot out of the windshield. The dipshit that was driving didn't do a lot of time, he was out by the time I'd started driving just a few years later.

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u/Polyglot-Onigiri Jun 30 '22

In Japan we have an hour long drama we watch at the licensing center every 2-3 years. It basically goes through a successful and happy man’s life: he is pressured into drinking and driving by his boss, runs over a pedestrian, turns himself in, his wife becomes a single mom while he is in jail, she dies from overworking while pregnant, his life is in shatters.

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u/Brinady Jun 30 '22

Ooof. I remember that one. Doesn't it also go into the hardships endured by the family of the person he hit, as well as the shame and ridicule endured by his family as their entire extended community learns what he did?

Mercifully the longer you go without any points on your liscense, the shorter the licensing session you have to go through, so I've only been subjected to this video once.

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u/Polyglot-Onigiri Jun 30 '22

Yes you’re right.

Ah I had to go through it a second time because some wrong way driver crashed into me (one way street). I think it’s weird I got one point for that. I can’t avoid someone on a one way street! but oh well

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u/Brinady Jun 30 '22

Yeah, the point system is pretty messed up! My friend was sitting at a full stop at a stop sign, waiting for an opening to pull out, and a kid ran around the corner while calling back to his friend and just ran into the side of her fully stationary vehicle. No serious injury, maybe some bruises. Pretty sure my friend will be watching the full drama every few years for the rest of her life... I'm kind of amazed she even got her license back, with all the trouble that caused!

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u/Polyglot-Onigiri Jun 30 '22

If I’m correct, they probably made her (the insurance or someone) visit the “victim” and give them some reparation money or a gift. And give a “sincere” apology.

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u/Brinady Jun 30 '22

I'm sure there was something like that, yeah. Crazy hoops to jump through for something she could not have avoided.

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u/rymdrille Jun 30 '22

In Sweden we watch a film named "To Kill a Child" which is basically about a dude driving too fast and killing a child. It's not as elaborate as yours but it's sure effective.

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u/wag234 Jun 30 '22

What’s the name of it? I’m kinda interested in seeing it.

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u/Polyglot-Onigiri Jun 30 '22

After a ton of searching on YouTube I found the company that makes the film and the title: https://youtu.be/QuKYSVaOXFk

I’ll check to see if anyone has the file somewhere though.

There is also a second dvd involving a bloody crosswalk accident: https://youtu.be/Og9NPPBSmN8

Toei really goes all out for these

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u/TeaLoverGal Jun 30 '22

God a trip down memory lane, these were the ads of my childhood. I didn't find them at all scary as a kid it's so odd to see non Irish adults view them as 'gore' and inappropriate for children. My favourite was the one where a passenger didn't wear their seat belt, there's a crash and it shows the injuries their body causes to the other people in the car.

seat belt ad

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u/greywolf_18 Jun 30 '22

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u/TeaLoverGal Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

Yes! I found the link just after I posted. Thank you. I like a lot of our road safety ads.

I personally think the real ones are most impactful, not sure if that is the case.

Dr talking about car crashs

True story of child killed in a car crash. Ciaran's story

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u/emmasdad01 Jun 30 '22

Effective

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u/ikeepwipingSTILLPOOP Jun 30 '22

Fucking hardcore. I wish we had this shit in the states. Like during the superbowl.

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u/Smodphan Jun 30 '22

Closest we ever had was the old smoking commercials and those were right around the time we started banning and taxing cigarettes.

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u/Zhabba_Zheeba Jun 30 '22

It wouldn't do jack shit over here in the states. Once people get behind the wheel of the car, it's like their brain shuts off. This country has a pretty big problem with "Fuck you, it's all about me".

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u/ibegdaily Jun 30 '22

The man of the world one was a great ad and really effective. Never saw the sweet child of mine one!

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u/olderaccount Jun 30 '22

Way too effective to ever play on US television. We are too sensitive.

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u/Ngin3 Jun 30 '22

Guys i think I'm gonna slow down

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u/CantStandSummer Jun 30 '22

In real life, orange shirt guy would be exploding blood from his mouth probably.

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u/violette_witch Jun 30 '22

There was a post somewhere about a guy who pulled over to try to help a crash victim and (trigger warning gore) saw their face had degloved. Tried to help them but it was too much blood loss, and he ended up staring into their lidless eye balls as they died. he said they had not been wearing a seatbelt.

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u/DevineAaron92 Jun 30 '22

Car crash ads aren't this hardcore anymore. Just cutesy music and off camera noises. I remember watching these ones growing up. That one with the kid playing in the back garden. Definitely effective

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u/m__a__s Jun 30 '22

Ooh! That one was BRUTAL!

I'll never forget the first time I saw that. I was exhausted and jet lagged after a flying to Ireland and staying up to avoid jet lag. Was sitting in my hotel room trying to stay up just a little longer. I Turned on the TV. Got settled in to a comfy chair and.....FUCKING HELL that car just burst through the fence.

I had no problem staying up a while longer.

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u/MoeKara Jun 30 '22

Here's tonight's dose of insomnia.

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u/aTempes7 Jun 30 '22

I'm about to drive soon and I'll surely slow the fuck down after seing this, even if I'm alone on the road when I'm mostly speeding. Holy shit

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u/Marchogdu Jun 30 '22

👏 can't fault it! Why lie about the reality of what happens when you crash your vehicle...it's what you'd end up seeing if you did it..better be exposed to it and learn caution than have to go through it.

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u/RBJesus Jun 30 '22

We have those commercials in the US too, except instead of an impactful message at the end of an epic scene, it’s something completely unrelated like “Coca-Cola. Don’t die in a car accident.”

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u/FrankieNukNuk Jun 30 '22

I’ve never even seen the term car accident mentioned. They seem to only mention substance abuse in combination with vehicle use, which is also never ok but I rarely ever see anything on American TV referring specifically to speeding or reckless driving itself

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u/sharlaton Jun 30 '22

They try to keep it as small of an impactful message as they can so people will still continue to purchase the products.

“Drink responsibly” doesn’t drive the point home at all. Shit, they also may as well say “don’t do drugs” or “just say no” while they’re at it.

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u/FrankieNukNuk Jun 30 '22

Yeah America loves to encourage things that are also legally discouraged at the same time

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u/Bross93 Jun 30 '22

meanwhile we have 'Click it or ticket'

This reminds me of a harrowing German one I saw once. A kid was texting and driving, jumped a curb and ran over a kindergarten class during outside circle time. Jesus christ the screams on the commercial still come up in my thoughts sometimes.

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u/ODGABFE Jun 30 '22

I fully support these brutal adverts, if i was a young kid it would scare me half to death seeing that. There’s alot of people in this world who could have done with seeing this early on in life.

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u/Micronator Jun 30 '22

They really work. Our road deaths before these ads were regularly around 4 or 5 hundred a year. It's now down to less than 200 a year. Still way too many, but it's a massive drop.

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u/thejugglar Jun 30 '22

Everyone should watch the other NZ anti drink driving ad, it's great https://youtu.be/CtWirGxV7Q8

Completely different tone.

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u/greywolf_18 Jun 30 '22

Here's another irish anti drink driving https://youtu.be/xtJqw--DGl8

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u/thejugglar Jun 30 '22

I raise you another aussie classic https://youtu.be/JqWO7fzwSLM again focusing on humour

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u/hear4theDough Jun 30 '22

Was wondering when Ghost Chups would show up

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u/BisonWeird147 Jun 30 '22

Matthew Broderick clearly didn’t see this

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u/Norman_Bixby Jun 30 '22

Neither did Laura Bush

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u/bruhmoment69420epic2 Jun 30 '22

What are you dressed as Peter?

I'm Laura Bush.

And I'm the guy she killed.

That's right, I forgot, Laura Bush killed a guy.

Yes she did, Laura Bush killed a guy.

Laura Bush killed a guy.

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u/joc95 Jun 30 '22

We considered that one to be one of the milder ads

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u/SpelunkyJunky Jun 30 '22

My Mum taught me from a very early age to never swerve to avoid an animal on the road. Breaking is ok but swerving is incredibly dangerous.

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u/Liketowrite Jun 30 '22 edited Jun 30 '22

I had some distant relatives who died by swerving to avoid ducks in the road. I always tell my kids if there’s an animal in the road, don’t swerve, just hit it. I’m not sure that they believe me, do I think I’ll send them this.

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u/SwimBrief Jun 30 '22

This is a big reason why I’m in support of self-driving cars - those computers can make decisions in nanoseconds about whether a swerve is safe based on the current situation, and if it’s not, bye bye animal in the road. It’s cold and calculating and correct.

Humans are going to swerve out of instinct most times without considering if it’s safe to do so. That, or they’ll hit animals they didn’t need to hit that they simply didn’t see because they’re not paying enough attention / don’t have perfect reflexes.

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u/RealAstroTimeYT Jun 30 '22

Yep, but things like driving at a proper speed and reducing the amount of cars on the road are still things we'll need to do even if we have self-driving cars.

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u/Vennris Jun 30 '22

It's not really that you can make a rational decision in this fraction of a second. The natural impulse is to swerve, at least to me. And I get no conscious decision about what to do when an animal runs in front of my car.

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u/pron-hailan Jun 30 '22

I live in a forest area and have often animals running in front of my car and I personally always manage to hit the brakes without swerving.

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u/Vennris Jun 30 '22

That's very good. But I guess it gets easier, if you're used to it.

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u/Zauberer-IMDB Jun 30 '22

That's why you have to make up your mind in advance. I love animals, but you have to conclude it's better to kill, say, a dog than a human. Which is why I support more telecommuting. The fewer people driving, the less risk to the wildlife.

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u/smithm3254 Jun 30 '22

Had to make that decision very recently. Ran over a family of ducks during rush hour. Still bothers me but had I swerved or braked it probably would’ve caused a pile up.

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u/Liketowrite Jun 30 '22

I’m glad that you didn’t end up like my second cousins. They were twins, in their 20´s, devastated the family.

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u/pike4fun Jun 30 '22

As long as the message is clear and effective (obviously it works well in Ireland), I am all for these types of advertisements. Road safety is paramount and its disregard affects so many lives each year. I wish we could have a non stop campaign in the US. Perhaps some of it would sink in with the driving crowd.

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u/greywolf_18 Jun 30 '22

Some people think this is even harder advert to watch

https://youtu.be/xtJqw--DGl8

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u/Smeghead78 Jun 30 '22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtyOq5ATw18

This is always the one that makes me cry.

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u/gazm2k5 Jun 30 '22

I wonder how long youtube will now be recommending me videos of kids getting hit by cars.

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u/darkspd89 Jun 30 '22

That's what America needs, only for school shootings

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u/J_B_La_Mighty Jun 30 '22

The ones with the kids talking about their amazing back to school buys as a shooter ruins the chipper tone, culminating with a girl texting her mom her final words isn't american?

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u/TheMatt561 Jun 30 '22

This is the shit that people need to see, real consequences.

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u/Immediate_Reality357 Jun 30 '22

As a irish man I can tell you wholeheartedly these TV adverts literally f***** up a whole generation and made us think twice about speeding

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u/Jigsaw203 Jun 30 '22

Well shit. Yeah, that would do it.

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u/fernandopas Jun 30 '22

We have those in Spain too! And our is data breddy gud too.

This one came out this week, he’s a famous tv actor

https://youtu.be/ONCUmMjmTdA

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u/Pismehoff Jun 30 '22

These are the type of commercials we need in North America to try and get people to notice motorcycles.

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u/De5perad0 Jun 30 '22

Absolutely. I rode for 10 years and had to basically assume I was invisible to every car so I didn't end up dying. So many times cars would pull out in front of me, run me off the road, turn in front of me. It was nuts.

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u/Pismehoff Jun 30 '22

My first piece of advise for new riders is always "Ride like EVERY car is trying to kill you". Then "When a car is sitting at a stop sign on a side road, don't watch for the car to move, watch for the wheels to turn, you'll notice that quicker"

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u/Intrepid00 Jun 30 '22

I’m totally not shocked Florida is deep red for deaths. I see a collision probably at least every quarter just driving I-4 that just had to result in a death or serious injury.

My fellow Floridians, you drive like fucking assholes and stop blaming the blue hairs.

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u/TacitMoose Jun 30 '22

I’m a paramedic and I get so angry about how people drive because I’ve seen first hand the results. When you drive past a crash scene you don’t really know what’s going on there. But when you work inside of that scene you know. I vividly remember many of the accidents I’ve run on. Seeing peoples bodies split open with brain matter or intestines basically flowing out of them. Limbs so mangled that they’ve become tiny chips of bone mixed in with their muscles. People screaming as they burn to death while we try frantically to put the fire out. And the worst is telling parents that their children have died. That’s a level of anguish that the world was never intended to witness.

The one I remember most was a car that got hit by a speeding driver who was texting and who ran a red light. It flipped the car upside down and under a parked truck and trailer. Absolutely mangled the car and trapped a 6-9 month old in the back seat. There were like 10 of us working on this car. We worked frantically to cut it apart as the baby’s cry got weaker and weaker and then stopped. By the time we could cut away enough metal and debris it was too late. If I could take every single driver into that scene with me and force them to watch that I would.

Slow down. Pay attention. Be patient and courteous. You’re not the most important person on the road. And you’re not nearly as good a driver as you think you are. Please, I’m begging you.

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u/Thecraddler Jun 30 '22

40,000+ people die in the US due to car crashes.

If we had system designs to reduce crashes like other countries and cities we’d be down around 12,000.

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u/Mrclean1322 Jun 30 '22

Lowest or lowest per capita?

Good advertisement either way

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u/goxsztfv Jun 30 '22

I literally just saw one of the new Zealand road safety ads and both look horrifieng

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u/TvALoki Jun 30 '22

Dude I just seen the New Zealand road safety ads.. no one's topping them.

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u/graceCAadieu Jun 30 '22

That was intense. The commercials in the US are tame compared to this

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u/Spuddon Jun 30 '22

there's another one where a car rolls over a group of children