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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Dusting off an old feature here, we look at NYC’s new campaign to remind drivers of one the city’s biggest secrets: It’s 30 mph citywide limit.

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Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 1:59 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

VicRoads in Australia has been engendering all sorts of controversy for their “Don’t be a Dickhead” (yes, I’m serious) series of traffic safety adverts, as pictured above. There’s a lot of discussion in the article about which ads “work” better, which may be beside the point, as there’s scant evidence that road safety PSAs, no matter how clever or humorous or offensive or shocking, work at all (all those decades of bloody safety films for young drivers didn’t change the death rate — what has worked is controlling their exposure to driving and raising the driving age). Changing social mores is one important part of effecting road safety improvements, but whether PSAs can do this — in, say, the face of weak legal consequences — is another question.

And I had no idea “ginger” was pronounced with a hard ‘g’ down Australia way.

(thanks Richard)

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Posted on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 1:17 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

(Thanks Alan)

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Posted on Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 at 1:59 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

I’m always fascinated by the U.K. Highway’s Code — not just the sheer amount of material one must absorb for the exam, but the very idea of a national code, which eliminates the weird comparative quirks among state laws here — even though the roads, drivers, and traffic environments are essentially the same (those states where you can drive at 14, a relic of family farm life, even though in places like Iowa agribusiness has taken over and true farm kids are much fewer; or the patchwork quilt of texting/talking laws) — as well as different driver training regimens, not to mention those awkward moments where a driver with multiple DUIs in one state gets one in another state and goes unpunished. My sense too is that the Highway Code as a cultural concept looms larger in the U.K. than our driving laws and training regimen does here (it’s not something much considered once one has the license). In any case, thanks to Chris for the video tip.

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Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 11:20 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

One can’t help but wonder what would have happened if he hadn’t had a running start. Given that the other pedestrian signal was red, presumably he had the green.

(Thanks Mikael)

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Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 11:15 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Talking to David Cronenberg a little while back about J.G. Ballard, I somehow had 1960s era crash testing on my mind. And YouTube obliges. I also couldn’t help be drawn back to the archival images of the nuclear testing of domestic architecture (and its inhabitants) that I wrote about in my previous book, Survival City; the style, and the eerie slow-motion contortions of the test dummies, are curiously consonant.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 at 3:38 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Helmut, a German traffic psychologist working in Belgium, sends this example of wry, clever Low Countries humor.

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Posted on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 at 10:40 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

They really get the tone of these things so right.

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Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2009 at 3:04 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

From the U.K.’s always provocative Think! series.

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Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 7:22 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

At a time when hip kids across the world are spurning the joys of automobile ownership, this social reprobate blows a gasket at receiving an inferior ride for his birthday. I would expect nothing less from the offspring of Hummer owners, of course.

(via Streetsblog)

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Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 12:23 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Well, speaking of road factors and human factors and all that, here’s this campaign from New Zealand.

(thanks Warren)

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Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 4:00 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Because even in the deadly serious business of road safety, there is a need for humor. In case you don’t recognize it, it’s Withnail and I, featuring the fantastic Richard Grant.

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Posted on Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 10:25 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

In an English mood lately, this one features none other than Darth Vader — e.g., David Prowse (and ironically, there’s an R2D2 ripoff). That kid in the second film looks a bit to me like an older version of “Danny” in The Shining.

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Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2009 at 4:26 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Have you SPLINK-ed Lately?

As Joe Moran explains:


In the early 1970s, the Green Cross Code was promoted with the famously impenetrable acronym, SPLINK, based on the random selection of words from the code (safe, pavement, look, if, near and keep). A TV ad showed a group of youngsters crossing the road successfully and shouting the acronym at the top of their voices, perhaps in the forlorn hope that this would make it easier to remember. Jon Pertwee, who had just stopped playing Doctor Who, then said hopefully to the camera: ‘Now we can all remember the Green Cross Code: SPLINK!’

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Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 4:23 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Watching this film — narrated by Jimmy Stewart — I couldn’t help but think all those kids shown in the beginning grew up and moved to Brooklyn, where they now drive the same way. And of course, these kids today would be busily texting in their Ritalin order while driving. These kind of traffic safety programs (or driver indoctrination programs?), whatever their good intentions, have shown to have essentially zero effectiveness, and are thus largely a thing of the past.

Via the superb Prelinger Archives.

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Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 2:31 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Again, not an official safety film, but here’s a “greatest hits” of collisions between a tram (in Houston, I believe) and a series of cars. Most of these seem to clearly involve negligent or outright illegal acts by drivers, but the video serves as a very effective kind of warning: It is in fact quite possible to not see something as large as the train that stretches behind you in the rear-view mirror. The mishaps could be any combination of mirror blind-spot, an expectancy issue (odd given the bollards or raised bumps), or simply not bothering to look before making a turn.

(Horn honk to Dan)

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Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 3:58 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Well, not so much a safety film as a revenge fantasy for some beleaguered neighborhood residents (audio in German).

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Posted on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

The rubber hits the road, via Scotland.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 4:02 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

Just the facts, m’am. Sgt. Joe really could break it down. Some of the science has changed, but not of course the fundamental physical forces.

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Posted on Thursday, March 26th, 2009 at 9:11 am by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Safety Film of the Week

I’m trying with difficulty to remember the last “speed-themed” advertisement I saw in the U.S.

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Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2009 at 1:48 pm by: Tom Vanderbilt
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Traffic Tom Vanderbilt

How We Drive is the companion blog to Tom Vanderbilt’s New York Times bestselling book, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), published by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Canada, Penguin in the U.K, and in languages other than English by a number of other fine publishers worldwide.

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Upcoming Talks

April 9, 2008.
California Office of Traffic Safety Summit
San Francisco, CA.

May 19, 2009
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies
Bloomington, MN

June 23, 2009
Driving Assessment 2009
Big Sky, Montana

June 26, 2009
PRI World Congress
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

June 27, 2009
Day of Architecture
Utrecht, The Netherlands

July 13, 2009
Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP)
Phoenix, AZ.

August 12-14
Texas Department of Transportation “Save a Life Summit”
San Antonio, Texas

September 2, 2009
Governors Highway Safety Association Annual Meeting
Savannah, Georgia

September 11, 2009
Oregon Transportation Summit
Portland, Oregon

October 8
Honda R&D Americas
Raymond, Ohio

October 10-11
INFORMS Roundtable
San Diego, CA

October 21, 2009
California State University-San Bernardino, Leonard Transportation Center
San Bernardino, CA

November 5
Southern New England Planning Association Planning Conference
Uncasville, Connecticut

January 6
Texas Transportation Forum
Austin, TX

January 19
Yale University
(with Donald Shoup; details to come)

Monday, February 22
Yale University School of Architecture
Eero Saarinen Lecture

Friday, March 19
University of Delaware
Delaware Center for Transportation

April 5-7
University of Utah
Salt Lake City
McMurrin Lectureship

April 19
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (Organization Management Workshop)
Austin, Texas

Monday, April 26
Edmonton Traffic Safety Conference
Edmonton, Canada

Monday, June 7
Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Wednesday, July 6
Fondo de Prevención Vial
Bogotá, Colombia

Tuesday, August 31
Royal Automobile Club
Perth, Australia

Wednesday, September 1
Australasian Road Safety Conference
Canberra, Australia

Wednesday, September 22

Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s
Traffic Incident Management Enhancement Program
Statewide Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wednesday, October 20
Rutgers University
Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
Piscataway, NJ

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre
Injury Prevention Forum
Toronto

Monday, May 2
Idaho Public Driver Education Conference
Boise, Idaho

Tuesday, June 2, 2011
California Association of Cities
Costa Mesa, California

Sunday, August 21, 2011
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Attitudes: Iniciativa Social de Audi
Madrid, Spain

April 16, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Gardens Theatre, QUT
Brisbane, Australia

April 17, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Centennial Plaza, Sydney
Sydney, Australia

April 19, 2012
Institute for Sensible Transport Seminar
Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne, Australia

January 30, 2013
University of Minnesota City Engineers Association Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

January 31, 2013
Metropolis and Mobile Life
School of Architecture, University of Toronto

February 22, 2013
ISL Engineering
Edmonton, Canada

March 1, 2013
Australian Road Summit
Melbourne, Australia

May 8, 2013
New York State Association of
Transportation Engineers
Rochester, NY

August 18, 2013
BoingBoing.com “Ingenuity” Conference
San Francisco, CA

September 26, 2013
TransComm 2013
(Meeting of American Association
of State Highway and Transportation
Officials’ Subcommittee on Transportation
Communications.
Grand Rapids MI

 

 

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