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Road Safety Week

Whilst researching LSA’s extensive collection of archive films of London, I came across a number of fascinating films that focus on the capital’s chaotic roads and attempts to control them.

Watching these road safety films made me question if their messages are much softer than those of similar advertisements made today. Perhaps the dangers were less extreme too? Whilst on my own commute, weaving my bicycle around flung open car doors or a disused phone box abruptly cutting off the cycle-path, I often wistfully imagine a less congested commute in a time gone by. Did fewer commuters and less congested roads mean less danger? Were the hazards similar to those facing road users today?

Perhaps you remember a particular road safety film that has stuck with you from when you were younger?

Here are eight road safety gems from the last 70 years:

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