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Red Asphalt V (2006)

A PSA of safe driving through stories of families who have lost family members due to automobile accidents.


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A PSA of safe driving through stories of families who have lost family members due to automobile accidents.

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Car accidents...It can still happen to anyone...
25 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Red Asphalt V" is a short driver's education film produced in 2006, and is the fifth "Red Asphalt"-film California Highway Patrol had made since 1964.

Basic plot: Like the first four films, this one deals with traffic accidents on Californian highway. This time teenagers are in focus. Here we see shocking real life footages of young people lying dead in such incident, and we get to watch several interviews with some of the teenagers who had witnessed or survived such tragedies, as well as CHP officers who respond to such deadly collisions on a daily basis. According to CHP, car accidents happens everyday in Californian roadways. And this can happen to any people, at any age, and anywhere.

Car accidents happen as a result of doing dangerous stuff like speeding, drugging, inattention or impairment behind the wheel. This film was originally made for students to motivate them to drive carefully.

We, the people, may don't like it. But unfortunately we hear about car accidents everywhere, and everyday, like it had become a part of our daily life. It's on the news on TV and radio, and sometimes it's written on newspapers and Internet. Speaking about real life, even my big sister has unfortunately gotten in car accidents two times so far. Luckily, she survived both of them.

I'm so lucky I got to see all of the five "Red Asphalt" films online. I mean, these films are not made for entertainment. They aren't funny. Their footages might be disturbing to some people, but these films were made to give the viewer a warning about the consequences of driving too fast, not wearing safety belt, drinking before driving, etc. These movies deserve to get watched by as many people as possible, then the amount of car accidents may get reduced. Because of how the CHP handled this topic, how they warn people against dangerous driving and such stuff, I wanna give this fifth film, (together with the other four films) an overall rating of 9/10.

Take responsibility and pay attention while driving.

Some other important driver's ed-films include: "Signal 30", "Highways of Agony", "Wheels of Tragedy" and the very rare "Drive and Survive".

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