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Your Hump-day Recess: Soft on Crime?

Reminders not to drink and drive are all over the place. In bars, on TV, on posters in police stations and DMVs. One place you don’t usually see them is among the home furnishings. But the online store Wayfair seems to want to change that with this pillow cover.

You’ll recognize the design as a famous 1930s WPA anti-drunk driving poster that is still admired for the brass-knuckles graphic impact of the imagery.


Apparently it also makes the perfect accessory to add some contrasting accents to your color scheme. Or maybe the vendor wants to spread the anti-drunk driving message to every house. It certainly is a potent reminder when you’ve been invited over for cocktails.

Ultimately, it’s hard to gauge the effect, which is why we did this artist’s conception of how this pillow might look on your sofa. We’re still not sure. But we’re not against it – The Clear Road has been hammering the sober driving message for quite a while, and if others want to do it their way, who are we to argue? After all, the design is public domain – the taxpayers picked up the tab for the graphics during the Roosevelt administration.

Our guess is that this works better as home decor than as a genuine DUI preventive. But perhaps someone will glance at it after having a few beers and decide to call a taxi. We’re comfortable with that.

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.
Previous Hump Days: a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, our Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI messageHow Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket, the world’s worst traffic jams, a dramatic buzzed driving PSA , an offbeat ad from New ZealandVince and Larry, our favorite crash test dummies, some excellent Soviet anti-drunk-driving posters, a lesson on how buzzed driving can ruin your love life, South Australia to Drunk Drivers: Grow Up!, a woman calls 911 to report herself for DUI, Felix the Cat and Drunk Driving,  DUIs who crash vintage cars – (ouch!), Woman Unwittingly Creates Self-Driving Car, A Brilliant PSA from Australia, Drunk Driving in 1910, a Superb New Think! PSA from the UKDrunk Driving in 1955: New Breath Test Technology Will Save the Day!, the Best Animated Gifs About Drunk Driving, Angle Parking: A Surreal DUI Stop Photo, a Hertz Advertisement that Could Have Used Another Set of Eyes, a Laugh Out Loud Anti-Drunk Driving Ad, How to Beat a Breathalyzer with Peanut Butter … Not!Who Knew? GM Invented the DUI Ignition Interlock in 1970 a souvenir from back when drunk driving was funny, a 50 Years On, a Dramatic sign Warns about Wisconsin Drunk Driving, and a man Dances Through His Breathalyzer Test

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