I think we can all agree that trying to make roads safer is a good thing, but there have to be better ways than this.
10.) Gory British Limericks
Insulting the people who you want to reach with your message is a bad idea. Gory limericks are also a bad idea. Combine them and you get this malarkey from Ride-Smart.org (since taken down).
This campaign didn't last long.
Suggested By: El-Verde, Photo Credit: Karmarama via Business Insider
9.) Bernie Says: "Think Before You Drive"
The last person on this planet I'd take advice from is F1s very own Darth Muppet, Bernie Ecclestone. His "Think Before You Drive" campaign is just plain creepy.
Suggested By: Arch Duke Maxyenko, SHAZAM!, Photo Credit: Getty Images
8.) Crotches Kill
Yes, texting and driving is bad. I'm not advocating for it, but can't we think of a less ridiculous slogan than "Crotches Kill?"
You can jut see the cop desperately struggling to maintain a straight face as he says those words. At least they got the point across.
Suggested By: POD
The message behind this campaign is actually pretty good, since it addresses something that not enough people know, but I think they're going to be too busy getting nightmares from this clip to learn how to drive an SUV properly.
Suggested By: Jack Bauer
6.) XXX Deaths Per Year
Reader Takuro Spirit - TRANS cAMry has encountered a pretty bad one in Wisconsin:
"The current one her in Milwaukee is displayed on all the overhead freeway signs:
XXX TRAFFIC DEATHS THIS YEAR'
First of all, I want to see traffic times so I know which way to take to get home in less than an hour.
Second, you're giving me a reason to check the sign every day to see if the tally went up at all (471 as of this morning). Also, now I want to know WHAT and WHERE and WHY caused that death because
THIRD.... are they ONLY drunk driving related deaths? Seems kinda high. Also, state wide, or just Milwaukee County? I NEED TO KNOW."
Unfortunately, it seems like Wisconsin isn't the only state to have signs like this. Depressing and distracting.
Suggested By: Takuro Spirit - TRANS cAMry, Photo Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation via WBEZ
5.) Cash For Clunkers
This nonsense was mainly an effort to get less fuel efficient cars off the road, but its proponents argued that it would get dangerous old cars off the road as well.
Here was the problem–your car had to be registered and insured before you could turn it in to the program, which means that the most unsafe cars weren't taken off the road. As if you needed any more reason to hate this ridiculous program.
Suggested By: cesariojpn, Photo Credit: Getty Images
4.) Do It On The Bus
Did no one raise an eyebrow before this Halifax MetroTransit campaign was approved? Luckily, the doofuses who came up with that were able to find work in South Dakota.
These ads were quickly pulled (no pun intended).
Suggested By: FromCanadaWithLove, Photo Credit: Change Marketing
3.) Dumb Ways To Die
Do not under any circumstances watch this video. I repeat, do not watch this video. You will have this absurd song stuck in your head for the rest of your life.
May god have mercy on your soul if you watch this terrible train safety video.
Suggested By: eloxley
2.) National 55 MPH Speed Limit
As we know, speed doesn't kill, which makes the National Maximum Speed Limit Law Of 1973 which limited the speed limit to 55 MPH seem all the more silly now.
It didn't make roads safer, it didn't lessen fuel consumption, it was unenforceable, and it increased bottlenecking. Sammy Hagar was right all along.
Suggested By: Ghoulardi, Photo Credit: Leif Skoogfors
1.) Shame On You
This one from Northern Ireland is just an absolute shit show. Just watch it.
Suggested By: For Sweeden
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