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A snapshot of the safety video shows a pedestrian about... A snapshot of the safety video shows a pedestrian about to be struck by a car. (Seetheblindspots.com)
A safety video intended to warn people about the dangers crossing the street has grabbed the attention of a Florida politician, who wants to see it deleted.

The video comes from the Florida Department of Transportation, and shows real-life videos of people being hit by cars. The campaign is targeting the Tampa area, but pedestrian safety is a big issue across the state of Florida, which leads the nation in pedestrian accidents.

One person is carried through an intersection on the hood of a car.

One person on a bike is invisible until the moment the driver is about to hit him or her.

Another shows a body covered with a sheet, only the soles of his or her sneakers showing.

The video starts with a warning, saying it may be unsuitable for children. But Sen. Mike Fasano wants to see the images taken off the state web site.

"They were truly graphic and something that shouldn't be on a state website," he told WTSP.com. "I have great concerns as well with children having access to that website and going and watching those horrific and very sad videos."

The safety group wants people to talk about pedestrian safety, so the controversy over the web site may be just what they were looking for. The website is www.seetheblindspots.com.

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      stacknef
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in NJ, but the only time I actually ever saw ( and hope never to see again) anyone hit by a car, was in Florida. Cop pulls over a car, in the left lane, parks behind the stopped car, 3rd car pulls up behind the cop car and the PASSENGER gets out into the middle lane to bitch to the cop why did he stop her brother......! WHAMMMMMMMMMM! she goes up in the air, literally.....Car driving down the road in the middle lane NEVER expected someone to step in front of him. Now here's the upshot.......... I saw this as I was walking with my 2 nephews and brother in law who are all EMTs!!! I just got finished saying how I would love to get a ride along one day to see what they experience as I am in the insurance business and would love to see where the claim starts! (LOL you know what i mean?) This young woman was very lucky to have 3 EMTS working on her within 30 seconds, or less, of her being hit. She was airlifted within 20 minutes and is fortunate to be alive today. People need to see the reality, to make themselves aware of how things can change in an instant, totally beyond their control too sometimes.That some Florida State Senator gets all twisted about these PSAs is irrelevant. The fact is that he cannot prevent reality. It is now on the internet, everywhere, forever.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Graphic indeed, but it does what it was meant to do. It grabs your attention and holds on to it. Personally, I think it's brilliant for the simple reason that it makes you stop, think and say, "I really don't want that happening to me".
      Lt Dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most of those were unavoidable.
      Ron Saunders
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT WE HAVE JUST SEEN IS TRUE, I THINK THIS SHOULD'NT BE HIDDEN FROM OUR CHILDREN. I WATCH KIDS EVERYDAY DISREPECTING AUTOMOBILES, THE WON'T EVEN GET OUT OF THE STREET WHEN THEY ARE COMING. THEY WANT THE DRIVERS TO GO AROUND THEM, THEY THINK PLAYING IN THE STREET IS A GAME. YES I THINK PARENT SHOTYULD LET THERE CHILDREN SEE WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF A CAR HIT THEM. THIS IS REALLITY!!
      James Roseman
      • 3 Years Ago
      It warns you to look away ahead of time, so you cant get mad for the graphic footage. I think this will really work because it scares people into remembering its message.
      • 3 Years Ago
      lets not show people what really happens when they don't pay attention. Lets show them flowers and candy and cool songs about looking both way. BULL CRAP!!!! Show the truth and what really happens. In your face reality is what this country needs. maybe this will save 1 persons life.
      raptureready1958
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see anything wrong with that commercial. It's the truth. People take their blind spot for granted all to much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Holy sh*t! Those were some stupid pedestrians! It really is Darwinism at its best.
      ROCKCRUSHER
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I was 5 yrs old ,I got to be a hood ornament on a Checker Cab for a brief moment. I learned young. It makes no sense to sanitize any type of safety video . The more graphic, the better ! No pain ! No gain !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe the Jaywalkers on their cellphones will learn their lesson in thier next lifetime and the border jumpers will learn to run faster or watch for traffic
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think its graphic at all, it's truthful and they apparently can't handle the truth...but it seems the government rarely can these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Mike Fasano wants to ignore the fact that Florida is notorious for pedestrian deaths? Typical of a politician these days...
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