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Red Asphalt III (1989)

An officer and video editor explore raw footage of automobile accidents and deaths in this PSA about safe driving and drunk driving.
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An officer and video editor explore raw footage of automobile accidents and deaths in this PSA about safe driving and drunk driving.

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Despite the title, every single accident depicted in this short took place on concrete paved roads, not asphalt. See more »

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Certainly the messiest of the Red Asphalt series
5 February 2017 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

The philosophy behind the California Highway Patrol's Red Asphalt series is simple - don't try to reason with people, just scare the hell out of them. Red Asphalt hopes that's what happens to it's viewers, that they are scared out of their wits that they ALWAYS follow the rules of the road.

Red Asphalt III is definitely a relic of it's time (1989) simply by looking at it's presentation - the videos are commentated on by a video editor and a CHP officer, both sitting in front of a giant screen while at apple mcintosh computers. The officer is definitely welcome to talk, but the video editor is as ridiculous as it gets. He exaggerates in a really unbelievable way and almost overreacts to each video he sees.

RA III contains probably the most gore of all the red asphalt videos. If you're into the traces of death series, this is a nice little treat. Scenes in this one include a man who crushes his head and loses his brains, and a teenage girl who winds up face first into her steering wheel, and a few other messy jewels all over the video.

One final note - At the beginning of the video, Maury Hannigan makes an appearance. He's best known for hosting "Real stories of the highway patrol" which was a popular alternative to Cops back in the 90s.

Finally, Remember to buckle up, don't drink alcohol and drive a car, and always, always follow the rules of the road. If you don't, you could wind up in the next Red asphalt video.


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