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A new anti-drink driving campaign from New Zealand succeeds by not patronising its main audience and recognising how young people can find it difficult to tell friends not to drive drunk

A new anti-drink driving campaign from New Zealand succeeds by not patronising its main audience and recognising how young people can find it difficult to tell friends not to drive drunk…

Clemenger BBDO Wellington’s spot for the New Zealand Transport Agency aims to encourage young people to speak up if they feel someone they know is about to drive when drunk.

The impact of saying nothing is played out in the ad tongue-in-cheek style as a young man comes to terms will all the things that will happen to him should his friend be killed in an accident. Not the schmaltzy route this – instead, the man winces at the fact that he will probably have to live with his friend’s family and that his friend’s ghost will no doubt be on his case.

The spot, directed by Steve Ayson via The Sweet Shop in Auckland, is delivered brilliantly and, unusually for a drink driving campaign, with plenty of humour. But the campaign comes out of some fairly blunt statistics that the NZTA has for drink driving in New Zealand – and is the reason that the cast largely features Maori actors.

According to them, “over 40% of all drink-driving crashes involve drunk drivers under the age of 24 years. In all fatal or serious injury-related crashes in 2008-2010, 82% of the drinking drivers in those crashes are male. 34% of all drinking drivers in those crashes, and 38% of the young drivers, are Maori. One in five (19%) of all drinking drivers in crashes are aged 15-19, another 24% are 20-24.”

Executive creative director: Phillip Andrew
Copywriter/art director: Bridgid Alkema
Copywriter: Mitch Alison
Agency producer: Martin Gray
Assistant producer: Georgina Otto.
Producer: Larisa Tiffin
Director of photography: Crighton Bone
Editor: Peter Scribberas at The Butchery, Melbourne
Post-production: Toybox, Auckland


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  • Mis

    About bloody time. Something Positive. All drivers know that speed doesn’t kill, but still most ads follow that theme.

  • Really interesting. I think most of us switch off when we think we’re being “preached at” and this avoids that by injecting the youthful humour. Let’s hope it has some effect!

  • Love it.

  • that’s lovely.
    damm good angle to come at it.

  • Sarah Thomason

    Are they speaking English? Crazy, sounds like some type of German/Irish

  • Desiree

    The background music drives me NUTs… Whats that SONG I LUV it :) great add … whats the song tho? Ive you tubed for 2 hrs trying to find it

  • Wendy

    For all that are wondering:
    – The music was created by Franklin Road Studios especially for this video clip
    – The actor is Darcey-Ray Flavell


  • andrew newton

    Awesome ad i think they really did get the point across on the level that all younger youth will take notice of,accents are awesome also.

  • Refreshing approach and good execution. Kudos to the agency and to the NZTA for going with it.

  • @Desiree
    Songs beat is eerily the same as You’re a Jerk by The New Boyz.