Fake Cabbie's Passengers Freak Out in This Road Safety PSA -- But Not at Everything

Safe Roads Alliance Film Reveals Ignorance of Texting Danger

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In this PSA from the Safe Roads Alliance, a fake taxi driver freaks out some real-life New York cab passengers by appearing to drink alcohol at the wheel. In hidden-camera footage, their reactions are immediate and outraged, with people asking him to pull over, grabbing the drink from his hand and telling him he should be "locked up."

However, this is not an anti-drunk-driving ad. The film then poses the question: What causes more injuries than drunken driving? The next segment of footage shows the same fake driver using his cellphone at the wheel, even checking with his passengers if it's OK to text and asking one lady what LOL means. The passengers hardly seem to notice and even seem mildly amused -- certainly no one admonishes him.

The film, created by Mullen Lowe and directed by Station Film's Sam Cadman, has been released to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to data from the U.S. National Safety Council, talking on a mobile phone while driving increases accident risk by four times, and texting while driving increases accident risk by between eight and 23 times.

However, as the film shows, while drunk driving is now viewed as unacceptable behavior, many people still tolerate phone use at the wheel.

Mullen Lowe Creative Director John Kearse said in a statement: "People text and drive. These same people know that texting and driving is a bad idea. Yet, in a classic case of 'It won't happen to me,' they continue to do it. Far more people are injured in distracted driving accidents than drunk driving. Obviously, drunk driving is nothing to joke about, and is something any reasonable person would classify as a terrible idea. Why do we view texting and driving differently?"

Kearse also noted that the cabbie (who is a former New York City cabbie in real life) was actually drinking water and energy drinks -- and the texting sounds were all prerecorded.

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Apr 04, 2016
Mullen Lowe
Chief Creative Officer:
Mark Wenneker
Safe Roads Alliance
Executive Creative Director:
Tim Vaccarino
Executive Creative Director:
David Weist
Group Creative Director:
John Kearse
Group Creative Director:
Rob Kottkamp
Associate Creative Director:
Nick Mathisen
Art Director:
Mauricio Perez
Executive Director Integrated Production:
Liza Near
Director of Broadcast Production:
Zeke Bowman
Senior Producer:
Trish Dowley
Senior Business Affairs:
Vanessa Fazio
Director of Digital Strategy:
Eric Williamson
Michael Mann
Group Account Director:
Eric Fulwiler
Account Supervisor:
Danielle Morrissey
Account Executive:
Justin Rodis
Project Manager:
Gillie Bruce
Project Manager:
Gillie Bruce
Production Co.:
Station Film
Production Co.:
Station Film
Sam Cadman
Sam Cadman
Executive Producer:
Caroline Gibney
Executive Producer:
Caroline Gibney
James Blom
James Blom
Director of Photography:
Damien Drake
Director of Photography:
Damien Drake
Maury Loeb
Assistant Editor:
Tyler Hurst
Senior Producer:
Laura Lamb Patterson
Rob Sciarratta
Visual Effects:
Brickyard VFX
Jimi Simmons
Gina Downing
Ellen Schmitt
Audio Post:
Soundtrack Boston
Sound Design & Mix:
Mike Secher
Stock Music:
APM Music

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