It is difficult to fathom the bravery of the five grieving families who share their stories in a new short film presented by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and several partners, and inspired by Vision Zero. By recounting how they lost loved ones to traffic violence, the families, members of the advocacy group Families for Safe Streets, seek to prevent others from having to suffer similar fates. Imagine that generosity.
Above: Drive Like Your Family Lives Here was created by filmmakers Stephen Mallon and Karlyn Michelson.
The film will be included in training curricula for drivers of NYC cabs, as well as city agencies. It deserves the widest possible distribution and viewing to underscore the point that tragedy can result from rushing, from distraction and from impairment behind the wheel of a car of truck. In less than a fraction of a New York minute of bad judgment lives are lost, families are broken, communities suffer. Here’s the You Tube link: https://youtu.be/OAnSw3nzj0U Please share it.
“I believe this video will leave an indelible mark in the minds of all who see it, and that they will come away with a renewed understanding of the awesome responsibility a driver has to everyone around them,” Commissioner Meera Joshi, the head of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, told The New York Post following the premiere screening on Monday night.
The simple, but powerful message is this: Drive like your family lives here. Click on these links to learn more about Families for Safe Streets, and about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero campaign to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes in NYC.
Photo: Jason Smith