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OVK / PEVR (Parents of Road Victims)
"Behind the numbers"

Client: OVK / PEVR (Parents of Road Victims)
Product: Road Safety Awareness Message
Title: Behind the numbers
Media: Radio
Country: Belgium
Date Of Campaign: 01/01/2018

Background: In Belgium, In 2017, 640 people lost their lives in a road accident. That’s a decrease of 13% compared to 2016. Good news. At least, for the statistics that is. Because for the 640 parents, friends and other relatives of each one of the victims, it’s pure tragedy Brief: How can we illustrate the fact that 640 dead people dying on the road is still way too much in a country as small as Belgium. How can we get beyond the statistics? How can we turn each road victim, each lost child, into a reason to drive more carefully.

Idea: ‘Behind the numbers’. A year-long radio campaign you’d rather not hear. Because every time it airs somebody just died in traffic. In real-time. One adapted and unique radio spot for each road victim. Minutes after it happened. Since early January, till end of the year. Every day again, unfortunately. Every time somebody dies in traffic. Making every victim, every number in the statistics, more tangible. To illustrate the scale of the problem to everybody listening to the radio, mostly while driving. By doing so, the organization ‘Parents of Road Victims’ wants to turn each lost life into a reason to drive more carefully. Each unique spot was recorded by real parents of road victims.

Results: The campaign started early January and will last till end of this year. The big advantage of this campaign is that it’s not one of those one-off sensibilisation campaigns. This a long term plan to turn each victim into a radiospot urging you to drive more carefully. This radio campaign will have as many spots and as many appearances as there will be people dying in traffic. Turning each victim into talk value and a reason share. Every time again. The combined results will only be clear by the end of this year.At the moment of submission - May 4th 2018- the numbers of victims was at 121. So 121 real-time radio commercials aired.

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