Bloody J Bay stunt angers locals

2012-12-13 08:04

JEFFREY'S BAY - A gruesome road-safety campaign complete with mock-accident scenes using blood-spattered fake limbs protruding from mangled cars has upset residents of Jeffrey's Bay.

The display, set up in the Eastern Cape holiday town by police, a towing service and a taxi business, also showed an arm protruding from a grave, Beeld reported.


It featured car wrecks with the limbs of mannequins splattered with blood-red paint protruding from car windows and a white cross and a grave topped by rocks, from where the 'arm' protrudes.

Warrant Officer Petra Els of Jeffrey's Bay police said the campaign was a community-driven effort to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

"The project is not trying to upset people or fuel emotions," she said. "We want to drive home the reality of making a wrong decision."

The Kouga Municipality, under which the town of Jeffrey's Bay falls, said it would investigate the displays. Municipal spokesperson Laura-Lee Randal said she knew nothing about the campaign and that no permission had been granted to display the car wrecks on municipal land.

"Although we agree with the message," she admitted, "the head of the traffic department will meet the police to find a better way of conveying it to the public."

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  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-12-13 12:30

    How did they see it? Dont people drive at like 220 km/h these days? And dont worry Jbay, plenty drunk matrics on their way to you that will steal all the doll legs and stuff. Bloody doll legs a big no but pics of rotten lungs on smokes (soon to be launched) is fine?

  • sara.wilkinson.58 - 2012-12-13 12:43

    Maybe people need to be "upset" to get the message but nothing else seems to work.

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-12-13 15:52

    So, once again, it's illegal to post cross's or ANY signs without permission yet, these toss bags place a dangerous distraction at the side of the road as people WILL look and not pay attention to driving.This display won't stop anything, only fines and banning will stand a chance of stopping anythging BUT this is AFRICA, you just buy your way out of it everytime so in short, nothing 1st World will work in AFRICA.

  • dulyate - 2012-12-13 16:10

    I think this is a great idea, these days people are so desensitised to this sort of thing, you have to be "in their face" about it. Check the response, it worked perfectly!

  • shaun.malambo.9 - 2012-12-14 06:19

    I agree with the Kouga Municipality, if people actually see a mangled body of a dead person in a car, reallity will bite hard. I support this type of awareness. Good story Wheels24.

  • leon.durie - 2012-12-14 07:08

    The poor officials are desperate to save the innocent and the idiots on the road. No effort can be too "grim", since nothing has helped thus far. Saving one innocent life is worth the "discomfort" of the community anytime

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-14 08:03

    Angers J.Bay residents - oh what a laugh, but when people see an accident they will actually slow down so that they can have a gawk. Well suck it and gawk all you like. This is what it looks like.

  • suzanne.kruger.3 - 2012-12-14 10:17

    NO i dont think they are wrong by putting it in a graphic way like they did, its all about awareness !!! im sure it has made a few people that do drink and drive think twice!!!......i fact i think it is well thought out :::WELL DONE J Bay Police....<3

      fredster.mania.5 - 2012-12-18 07:42

      Agree, if this is what they need to do in order for people to listen, then they have my vote. It has come to a stage where we need to fight fire with fire

  • suzanne.kruger.3 - 2012-12-14 10:18

    SEEEEEE??? most people can se it for what it is..........................:-)

  • flysouth - 2012-12-16 15:23

    This is actually a waste of time since it is merely a mock up and can never have serious impact. I attended a showing of a movie 40 years ago made in the US of real accident scenes and the awful effects on the human body - real stuff, not staged. This was organised by the British Automobile Racing Club IIRC. I was shocking and awful - but left an indelible impression on me and I believe drove home the importance of driving sensibly.

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