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To make American roads safer during the holiday season, the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) and the Ad Council have introduced the 15th annual ‘Project Roadblock’ anti-drinking and driving effort, the largest annual TV station-supported initiative of a single public service campaign.

Under the ‘Project Roadblock’ banner, local broadcast TV stations donate airtime to support the national ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’ public service advertising (PSA) campaign from the Ad Council and the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Since 2004, local broadcast TV stations have participated in ‘Project Roadblock’ by airing Buzzed Driving Prevention PSAs between December 26 and 31, including a simultaneous airing on New Year’s Eve at 10pm local time. To date, local broadcast TV stations across the nation have donated over $66m in media to support this effort, including $7.9m in 2017 alone.

“The dedication local broadcast TV stations show to this lifesaving message every year is truly remarkable,” said Lisa Sherman, president and chief executive officer of the Ad Council. “We’re so proud to celebrate 15 years of Project Roadblock and keeping our communities and roads safe during the holidays.”

This year’s effort uses some humor to get the point across. In ‘Holiday Party,’ a man waits with drink in hand for the valet to bring his car. As he stands, a woman joins him, who he recognizes as “Christina from accounting.” The conversation then gets weird, as the man regales the woman with his breakup with a similarly named woman. As she flees in disgust, another co-worker comes over and chides him for being buzzed and oversharing. The man then wises up and uses his phone to call a car rather than risk driving in his condition.

Participating stations will exclusively debut the new TV spot, created pro bono by media and creative agency OMD and production company HYFN.


Agency: OMD

The Ad Council

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Television Bureau of Advertising