Florida launches "Death by Cell Phone" billboards

Florida launches
During those long mornings on your commute to work, you might pull up to a red light and notice the driver next to you either texting or talking away on their cell phone. You may have that urge in your mind to tell them to knock it off because it can be a distraction and end up causing an accident. Residents in Florida are going to see some new billboards that will point out the horrors and consequences of doing such an act. The “Death by Cell Phone” campaign is being headed by the National Safety Council. It features 61 year old Linda from Oklahoma and 12 year old Joe from Michigan who both suffered the same fate – killed in severe crashes involving drivers using cell phones. It's aimed to really make drivers consider and aware about the results of what can occur when using their phone while operating a vehicle. The billboards are expected to be seen by over 56,000 people in Florida; where it hopes to make a profound impact.

source: NSC via News-Press



1. legionsreturn unregistered


2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i hate when people don't use their blinkers.

3. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

I heard the best way to advertise against distracted driving is by putting up equally distracting advertising

4. legionsreturn unregistered

hahahaha good point

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you might as well be saying traffic lights and highway signs are distracting.

6. legionsreturn unregistered

They are but they distract for a specific purpose to promote cohesion between drivers actions. Huge tv displays along the side of the road promoting 5 dollar footlongs serve no such purpose, the same with these Death by Cell phone billboards.

7. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

those signs and lights are distracting, but not as much as those pesky white and and yellow lane markers.

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i know right!! when i drove from ny to florida at 2am those dotted lines are like hypnotizing. 8-I

8. TheCellDepotVZW

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

All those signs should not be distracting if your looking at what your supposed to looking at while driving. What is really discracting is the 40 Flashing LED lights attached to Any Law Enforcement Vehicle that is flashing away in your face as you pass by on the road especally when there is 2 or more Police Cars each with tons of lights flashing away, or Construstion going on on the HWY as your going home at night!!!

10. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

I'm just trying to figure out why the safety council thinks Floridians(?) are going to care about old Linda from Oklahoma and little Joey from Michigan.

12. swm4motoQ unregistered

Maybe because they know that 97% of their citizens are statistically going to die w/i 5 years. They need to talk about someone hopeful to live longer like Linda or lil Joey (Linda is young @ 61 by FL standards) MotoDWNR=(

11. swm4motoQ unregistered

If only motorola made cars, none of this would happen. MotoDRVR

13. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

ya cuz this isnt over-reacting at all.

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