Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Road Safety Initiative "Drunken Beetle Promotion"

The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing wants to raise awareness for the dangers of driving under influence. Drivers should be approached as directly as possible but in a rather entertaining than shocking way. The long-term goal is to reduce the number of alchohol provoked accidents in Germany. A fleet of Volkswagen New Beetle is tuned with special car parts to become talk of the town: Wheel caps that looks like eyeballs play with the New Beetle's organic forms and turn it's silhouette into a human's face with drunkenly revolving eyes. The promotional cars were used mainly at public events with a high con-sume of alcoholic drinks. They made people curious for the ministry's information material handed out on these occasions. The promotion caused quite a sensation in the media. The national press reported on the events and even more important on the ministry's information campaign. As a direct result the ministry noticed an increased demand for their information literature about driving safety.

Agency: Scholz & Friends Berlin, Germany.