Aftermath is a mobile display of authentic crashed vehicles, information, and video that illuminates the profound importance of safe decision-making on Vermont’s highways.
Aftermath is now under construction! Aftermath is a crashed car, motorcycle, and bicycle on a trailer with messaging and interactivity. When it’s completed it will be available to high schools and communities as a portable demonstration of the potentially catastrophic consequences of unsafe driving decisions. The project will be a centerpiece of a collaborative initiative to promote and provide cost-free educational safety programming to Vermont high schools and communities.
About the Project
All drivers need to be focused and make safe decisions. The results of distraction or poor decision-making can be injury or death, for a driver or innocent crash victims. Aftermath reinforces how important it is for a driver to be mindful and safe.
Aftermath is a flat trailer with and crashed car, motorcycle and bicycle assembled to it, now under construction. Video displays highlight safety concerns prioritized in Vermont’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, a document that prioritizes areas of special concern for road safety in the state. The crashed motor vehicles came to the project thanks to the Vermont State Police, and the families of crash victims have given their support to the project.
Aftermath helps drivers contemplate their own personal role in relation to others who use our roads. The crashes are dramatic and close; being witness to the reality of what happens in a crash — and how vulnerable drivers, passengers, and other road users are — will help foster healthy attitudes about safety.
This project creates an opportunity for drivers of all ages and skill levels to experience first-hand an example of the lethal outcomes that are possible when drivers are less than totally focused and responsible. The trailer will be an ambassador of a collaborative effort to provide a public inventory of free statewide safety programming that is available to high schools and community groups seeking to elevate the decision-making abilities of their young or student drivers. It will travel to high school campuses, agricultural fairs, public safety events, and through a thoughtful presentation will educate and affect its audience.
The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) is a collaboration of safety-minded organizations, public and private, from across the state. They work together to produce the state’s highway safety plan and host programs that make Vermont’s roads safer, through education, building safer infrastructure, improving or assisting law enforcement efforts, and understanding highway safety data better. Aftermath will be a resource to communities and safety programs throughout the state.
Aftermath is a project of the Youth Safety Council of Vermont and the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. VHSA partners and the public will have free access to Aftermath as a resource for educational or community events such as fairs, school wellness days, conferences, festivals, and graduation celebrations.
The presentation will be designed and assembled with an artist who is skilled with visual composition and safe, large metal work. The messaging and interactivity will be developed with VHSA partners and contractors who care about fostering responsibility and self-awareness among the drivers that view the display.
Strategy for Use
With towing assistance from VTrans and participating VHSA member organizations, the presentation will travel throughout Vermont. High schools students will have access to it throughout the school year, with special focus during prom and graduation season when young drivers experience significant factors that inhibit safe decision-making — and when they’re heading into the summer months, behind the wheel more often.
The project ties into a separate VHSA project that brings together many different free safety demonstrations as a menu that schools can choose from, scheduling them onto their campuses one at a time or several at once. From these resources, schools can create entire safety ‘fairs’ if they choose. The project will try to always be available for these events. A web site for this collaborative safety fair initiative is at https://https://www.yscvt.org/safetyfairs/yscvt.wordpress.com.
A target audience for the project is young drivers, but it’s also recognized that parents of young drivers set an example. The team will help Vermont drivers of all experience levels benefit from exposure to the trailer at statewide agricultural fairs and community festivals, improving safe decision-making across generations.
Construction Timeline & Budget
In 2019 the Aftermath team completed the first phase of construction and fundraising.
Phase One resulted in a functional version that can be safely transported. It’s a basic, first step toward creating our final vision, but a critical milestone providing the platform that all the creative messaging elements will eventually be attached to. The vehicles were drained of fluids and mounted to the trailer. The trailer raises and lowers, setting the car and motorcycle at an angle that makes them especially visible. Loose parts of the car that are important to the visual display were secured. The covers used for transporting the trailer, which are required by law when moving wrecked vehicles, were set up for regular use. While this first version of the project tours schools with its crashed vehicles on display, messages and sponsorships will be conveyed with banners. This important first step was accomplished with support from the Vermont State Highway Safety Office Behavioral Safety Unit. Metal fabrication was at the direction of artist Aaron Stein/Revival Studio, with photography by Jordan Douglas.
Phase Two expands the trailer to its ultimate configuration, giving it a formal appearance that is animated with interpretive video. It will incorporate a generator and lighting to make it visible in the evening and nighttime. During this phase, a sturdy tubular framework will be constructed for mounting lights, flags, a sound system, and vinyl banners for displaying sponsorships, including a large backdrop. The vehicles will be tilted toward the audience; an electrical system will be installed; and two large monitors for the safety and sponsor video messages will added. A generator will be incorporated to make the trailer displays self-supporting. Sponsor logos will be added to the cover used in transport. Paint will be touched-up, and Aftermath will achieve its original vision and potential. Phase 2 costs total $37,000 and completion is pending funding.
Aftermath presents sponsors with the unique opportunity to do both the smart thing and the right thing, in terms of advertising self-promotion and public service education. Sponsoring Aftermath is the smart thing to do because it provides brand awareness unparalleled in Vermont. Sponsoring Aftermath is the right thing to do because it illuminates the profound importance of safe decision-making on Vermont’s highways. Underwriting dollars will go a long way to help make and keep our highways safe while benefitting sponsors with high-profile brand messaging. For an overview of sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2017, the Aftermath crash display will be scheduled to visit high schools, and had its first appearance in early May at Mt. Abraham Union High School during a campus-wide safety fair. The Youth Safety Council schedules dozens of Turn Off Texting demonstrations throughout the year at high school campuses and will bring Aftermath to many of them. Community safety events are presented across Vermont; the Aftermath team will be reaching out to their coordinators. With Phase 2 completed, Aftermath will be presented at agricultural fairs across the state, too.
For more information about Aftermath, contact James Lockridge at the Youth Safety Council of Vermont, email@example.com