The NHTSA has been running some anti-drunk driving ads over the past few years. And while it’s not a bad idea to get the message out that drunk driving isn’t a good thing, I really question some of the tactics they use.
In a typical “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” commercial, It features a few people coming out of a bar or restaurant, presumably after a night of drinking as they are visibly intoxicated. They get into the car and drive off, while you can see police officers hidden in the background watching them. Eventually they either get pulled over or they drive through a sobriety checkpoint and they get arrested. I’ll focus on one commercial in particular, titled by the NHTSA, “Drunk Couple Caught.”
As I mentioned in the above paragraph, each commercial has camouflaged cops in the backgrounds of several shots as shown below.
It’s a little bit creepy. It looks like it’s the whole “someone’s watching you” bit going on there. But I get the point they’re trying to make—cops are out there looking for drunk drivers. Okay, I get it. But the real issue I took with the commercial is the final scene: the breathalyzer.
I don’t think this is message is being sent by accident. Maybe it’s just me, but what do you think?