Amazing 1970 Mobil Ad on Pedestrian Safety

Shared Wednesday, August 30, 2017 on the Twitter feed (which you should be reading!), this amazing 1970 Mobil ad will resonate with local pedestrian advocates:


1970 Mobil Ad


There are very few principles worth dying for. Last year, 9,800 pedestrians laid down their lives for this one:

“The pedestrian always has the right of way.”

It may not be a terribly noble cause, but most people say they believe in it. And that brings up an interesting question:

If everyone agrees that the pedestrian has the right of way, how come so many pedestrians get killed?

Well, for one thing, a lot of pedestrians keep thinking of themselves as pedestrians, even when they get behind the wheel of a car. Which leads to confrontations between militant walking pedestrians and confused driving pedestrians.

And then, it doesn’t matter who’s really right. What matters if no driver was ever killed or crippled when a walker rammed into his car.

So next time you’re crossing the street, and you’re tempted to sprint in front of a car and stare the driver down, consider these possibilities:

He may not see you until it’s too late.
His foot might slip off the brake.
He might think you’re going to stop.
Or, he might simply be just as impatient as you are.

In any case, when the green light says you have the right of way, don’t rush our there belligerently to get what’s coming to you.

Because you might.

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6 Responses to Amazing 1970 Mobil Ad on Pedestrian Safety

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke September 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    thanks for sharing this crazy thing!

  2. GlowBoy September 6, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    Same old victim-blaming mentality we’re dealing with today. Same old false narrative that pedestrians who get killed are somehow “militant walking pedestrians” tempting fate by defiantly standing up for their rights. And from an oil company! Who would have guessed?

    • Rosa September 8, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

      militant walking pedestrians would be managing to main or kill some drivers, you’d think

      • GlowBoy September 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

        Good point. This is America. If “militant pedestrians” were a Thing, a lot of them would be armed. Never heard of a driver getting shot for violating a pedestrian’s right of way.

        • Daniel Hartig
          Dan September 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

          Hold me beer….

  3. Will September 7, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Do it our way, or die.

    Great message.

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