Cartoon Tuesday: Tales From the Dark Side (of the Road)

The UK Department for Transport’s no-holds-barred THINK! road safety campaign isn’t just for adults. This creepy toon, one in a series designed to influence how kids interact with auto traffic (here’s another), encourages bright colored clothing in favor of "trendy" darker tones when walking at night.

These
spots bring to mind a number of questions. Is it possible to preach
pedestrian safety to pedestrians without, even by implication,
downplaying the responsibility of drivers? And when it comes to kids,
is it possible — or responsible — to teach anything other than "Fear the car"

  • Imagine a “Fear the Pedestrians” campaign. It would be due to alien zombies or educated law enforcement – both highly unlikely situations when it comes to car vs. everything else crashes.

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