• Nov 22, 2011
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.

See the video below:





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      vulturesmotto
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few of these were the pedestrians fault, and a few were the drivers fault. The problem in Fla is that there are so many that lived in cities and used public transportation, and after retirement get a license and are clueless. I have seen how they drive. The only thing I would susggest is to have the drivers go along with paramedics to pick up the body parts, then ask before they get their licenses, which family member do they want to mame first? Which friend to they want to turn into hamburger? Which son or daughter do they want to make a vegetable? And for the illegal aliens, I mean undocumented citizens, tell them we have an eye for an eye policy in the states, but it will be a loved one we take retrobution on, not them. Drivers are getting more obnoxious as time goes on, and we seem to be conserned about hurting someones feelings rather than making them accountable for their actions as a driver. What this video needs is the actual sounds of flesh being crushed and torn. While at crash scenes, I have witnessed secondary crashes and people getting hurt, including paramedica, firemen, and police as we tried to attend injured people. I have been sayng for decades that the licensing needs to have an on road driving test for renewal every five years or so, with five questions that four have to be correctly answered before license is renewed. Some people are still driving using 1950's driving tactics and knowledge. This video isn't as bad as some I have seen, or as bad as what I have seen in real life. The carnage needs to end by drivers and pedestrians being accountable. If you think this is a rant, I have ocean front property in Iowa for sell.
      HAVE A NICE DAY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow pretty intense, I was just talking to my child about blind spots and to look out when your walking and a truck is parked, you haveto make sure that there are no cars coming. Not sure if I will let my child watch this video, although it would definitely show the dangers.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not over the line. :/ People need to see the cold hard truth so that they realize what they are doing wrong!
      • 3 Years Ago
      As bad as it is for the victims, I think it should stll be showed for it's shear graphics This is what happens with a moments inattention Kudos to the Florida Dept. of Transportation
      • 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.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn'r anything that kids do not play in video games everyday
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe the children should see it so they can realize the impact of not paying attention. Teens in our area think they can just walk in front of a car & that car will stop on a dime for them. They are very arrogant. More of them need to experience this video.
      • 3 Years Ago
      People in FL are stupid and it takes extreme measures to get through to them. Of course all of the Legislators are stupid as well, ehhhh..... natural selection ;)
      exoticdoc2
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, you run out from between vehicles right into traffic, you are just asking for it. Pay attention, watch the lights, and you will greatly reduce your risk. Even in cases where the driver is at fault, the pedestrian is still going to lose.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most of these people seem like they wanted to get hit.. As stupid as these people are ,it's a wonder they weren't hit sooner in life.
      WMEY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it's too "much". Half of those scenes have been shown on TRUTV programming lately anyway. It will make people think, it has shock value.
      yesiam2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it is too graphic. It takes something shocking like this to actually slap the viewer into paying ttention when they drive. CDs, cell phones, radio, makeup......NONE is important. What IS is driving reponsibly.
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