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Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Pictures of You – a fully integrated approach to road safety


Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Pictures of You – a fully integrated approach to road safety


Client: Transport Accident Commission
Campaign: Pictures of You
Agency: Grey Melbourne


Speeding drivers are the biggest killers on Victoria’s roads, with speed a factor in at least 30% of all road fatalities. The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is the prime messenger for road safety in Victoria and is recognised around the world as a major authority on the subject. The organisation was established in 1987 as a no-fault insurer for all people who are injured or die as a result of transport accidents.

The TAC has worked with Grey Melbourne for over 18 years, with the current speed campaign running for over six. The TAC and Grey have the primary long term objective of making speeding as socially and morally unacceptable as drink driving within the Victorian community.

The Campaign

Pictures of You’ is a ground breaking campaign targeting speed, launched on the 20th February this year. The campaign forms part of a long term campaign to reduce speeding, by highlighting the direct relationship between the horrific legacy that speed-related trauma creates and the importance of speed cameras in reducing a driver’s tendency to speed.

In the campaign, a family member is shown holding a photo of the person or persons they have lost to speeding, with the campaign carrying the message: This is why you’re photographed when you speed. The campaign captures genuine and long lasting grief and compels drivers to think twice the next time they get behind the wheel.


An integrated campaign was developed which launched with an open letter press ad from the families on Wednesday 20th February urging people to tune in at 8.27pm that evening, look them in the eye and tell them there’s nothing wrong with speeding. This appeared as full page advertisements in every newspaper released across the state that day – the Herald Sun, The Age, mX and all regional newspapers. At 8.27pm that evening a roadblock of the three-minute TVC aired across all of Victoria’s free-to-air channels. Two 60 second and a 30 second version also aired throughout the campaign period.

The media strategy also included outdoor advertising, radio and a significant online component that included homepage road blocks on key Victoria’s websites such as ninemsn, the Herald Sun, Yahoo!7 and MySpace over the first week of the campaign. The online component of the campaign delivered over 10 million impressions.

In addition to the extensive online advertising presence a website was developed www.picturesofyou.com.au as well as the full re-recording and release of Angie Hart’s version of the song, ‘Pictures of You’ used in the campaign.


Please see creative showcase below.


During the ‘Pictures of You’ campaign TAC’s ongoing tracking showed self-reporting of:

Speed most or all of the time – In the calendar year 2007, on average 13.5%, while during the ‘Pictures of You’ campaign, only 6% reported this (the lowest figures every achieved). 

Driving up to 10km/h over the limit is usually quite safe – In 2001 34% agreed and now as a result of the ‘Pictures of You’ campaign the result came in at 17% agreed. 

Driving up to 10km/h over the legal limit is not really speeding – In 2001 24% agreed and now as a result of the ‘Pictures of You’ campaign the result came in at 14% agreed.

Campaign recall – During the ‘Pictures of You’ campaign the average recall for the campaign was 81%, which is well above the TAC benchmark (70%).

Since the campaign launched in February, ‘Pictures of You’ has since gone on to be shortlisted at the 2008 Cannes Lions in both the radio and television categories. It has also win six MADC awards, including best integrated campaign, best radio and best 45+ second television commercial.


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