Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Will graphic videos improve safety?

Chinese authorities have released a series of very graphic videos of traffic crashes in order to improve safety. Business Insider reports on it here. The videos are embedded in the story so you can watch them at the link if you choose. The above video is "Wheels of Tragedy," which is how Americans used to scare kids about driving.

Maybe this will work. Other countries have tried this to varying degrees. Gross pictures on cigarette packs don't seem to make much difference in smoking compared with restrictions on where you can smoke and very high taxes.

The Chinese government is worried about this because they are turning to autos at unbelievable rates. Click through these charts for details. For all of the growth in rail and transit, auto and highway growth is even greater, and very few know how to drive.

And just for fun, here is a new video about China's empty cities.

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