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PSA urges teenagers, including Hispanics, not to drink and drive

Posted by Elena del Valle on October 10, 2006

Esserman PSA scene one 

Esserman PSA scene two

Scenes from the public service announcement

Photos: Creative Marketing Partners

Miami, Florida – The statistics are staggering: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death in the United States for Hispanics between 34 and under according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Organizers of a South Florida campaign to prevent drinking and driving, indicate that thirty percent of Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetimes. Such accidents cause damages worth more than $50 billion a year according to a 2002 NHTSA study about the economic impact of crashes.

To counter this trend, a Miami car dealer, Esserman Nissan, donated $20,000 in production costs to develop a bilingual 30-second television public service announcement. The dealer’s advertising agency, Creative Marketing Partners (CMP), developed the campaign probono. The announcements began airing in South Florida stations the first week of October and will continue for a total of 12 weeks.

The spots have been airing in two Spanish language and three English language stations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties: WFOR (CBS), WTVJ (NBC), WSVN (Fox) in English and WLTV (Univision), WSCV (Telemundo) in Spanish.

After a decline of alcohol-impaired driving throughout most of the 1990s, a new study published in the May 2005 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, shows that driving while intoxicated has increased significantly and researchers believe it is linked to an increase in binge drinking.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 2005 statistics indicate that alcohol-related deaths account for half of all Hispanic traffic-related fatalities. The Administration considers impaired driving a public health epidemic and places Hispanics at high risk.

In the spots, conceived and produced by CMP, two young men let the air out of the tire of a sporty Nissan parked outside a trendy nightclub. Minutes later, an obviously drunk driver stumbles to his car and realizes he cannot go anywhere because of the flat tire. The spot ends with the announcer saying: “Good friends will do anything to keep you from drinking and driving.”

The reaction from viewers has been extremely favorable, said Dick Assmar, vice-president of Esserman Nissan. “We did this because we are concerned by the fact that drunken driving statistics are on the rise. We are very pleased by the acceptance on the part of the media and the TV viewers.”

Esserman Nissan is a South Florida automobile dealer and the only recipient of Nissan’s Owner First Award of Excellence 5 years in a row. Creative Marketing Partners is a South Florida advertising agency that specializes in providing advertising and marketing services for automobile dealers, dealer advertising groups, and automobile manufacturers, as well as the real estate and health-care industries. To view the spots online visit: English version and Spanish version