TfL: Cyberspace connects teenagers with road safety
The 24-hour world of the internet is the focus for the latest road safety campaign aimed at young people.
London, United Kingdom – Transport for London’s famous ‘Don’t Die Before You’ve Lived’ adverts will be automatically broadcast while teenagers download the latest music, games and videos.
The adverts will run via Lycos’s entertainment portal. Users will be redirected to a special microsite especially constructed for the campaign.
In another move, banners will be displayed on several of the most popular websites to drive young people to the entertainment portal – these sites include MyKindaPlace.com, a popular site for teenage girls recently bought by BSkyB, and MonkeySlum.
Peer group pressure and mobile phones are two factors that can distract young people crossing the road.
Showing the clip on the internet allows viewers to take-in the message behind the advert alone.
This tactic was used when the original cinema adverts were run in May 2004.
Paul Amlani-Hatcher, Surface Transport Head of Marketing, said: "We recognise that internet community sites have quietly become one of the main ways young people access the news.
"This initiative places important road safety messages on the internet because this is how young people want to be reached."
Chris Lines, Head of Road Safety, said: "The message behind this is simple: ‘don’t die before you’ve lived’.
"At the moment two teenagers are killed or seriously injured in road incidents every day.
"It is a priority for Transport for London to reduce this figure by encouraging young people to be more street savvy.
"We are running these adverts on the internet to repeat the message that young people should take more care and pay attention when near or using roads."
The cinema advert will be re-run across London during August.
TfL is committed to improving road safety and supports a number of schemes aimed at reducing deaths and injuries on London’s roads:
Cyclists can learn more about staying safe on London’s roads with TfL’s safety guidelines: