Those of you from my generation, younger than Ian yet old enough to remember watching trade test transmissions for the emergent BBC2 will probably recall public information films in advertising breaks telling us how to cross the road safely or how not to scald a cat, (sorry Charlie!)There was one about observing the country code; taking your litter home, not poking crocodiles, sorry cows, with sticks and always closing gates behind you.
Well you will be pleased to know that the message got through and still persists today. A young lady was following the instructions from her sat nav when she came to a closed gate. Getting out of the car she opened the gate and then drove through, stopping on the other side to get out and close the gate. She then leapt out of the way of the oncoming train and watched, presumably gobsmacked, as it ploughed into her car and carried it half a mile down the track.
Wonder what she thought that big red circle on the gate was for? Or those flashing lights? And those funny parallel metal rails…? Perhaps it’s time to bring public information films back, but would you choose to educate the populace about indicators of railway lines or would you choose to tell them to open their bloody eyes and look where they’re going!
Maybe I’m being too harsh, after all she was probably doing much more than blindly following her sat nav, eye make up, talking to a friend and probably a Su Doku puzzle to boot. Young people need to realise technology can get things badly wrong.
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