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''Horrific Video'' FDOT Advert Under Fire 2011

A graphic video on a state of Florida website has captured the attention of a state senator and he does not like what he sees. The traffic safety video shows real examples of pedestrians getting hit by vehicles. Sen. Mike Fasano calls the video clips horrific and he thinks they should be removed from the website. The video on the Florida Department of Transportation website starts with a warning: "May be unsuitable for small children." Then viewers see a series of very graphic crashes: a car slams into a person in the crosswalk and tosses the victim across the entire intersection, a pedestrian suddenly emerges from in front of a truck and gets hit head on by a car, another person gets clipped by a vehicle and is vaulted into the air before crashing down onto the windshield and then the pavement. In another scene, a police officer walks toward a body bag on the side of the road. The bag holds somebody's loved one, but in this video, it's just an image in an online ad. Sen. Fasano thinks the images are over the top. "They were truly graphic and something that shouldn't be on a state website. I have great concerns as well with children having access to that website and going and watching those horrific and very sad videos." The video is part of a traffic safety campaign, called See the Blind Spots. It aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle fatalities in Florida and especially in the Tampa Bay area, which is one of the most dangerous metro areas in the nation for walkers. The ...

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