Does VW Billboard Really Promote Distracted Driving?
A billboard along I-55 for a suburban Volkswagen dealership is an open invitation for distracted driving, at least according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Tribune dedicates precious column inches of newspaper to the horrific story about the callous and uncaring Autobarn VW, a dealership in Countryside that has a billboard ad which says, “SCAN THIS FOR THE BEST PASSAT DEAL OF YOUR LIFE,” situated next to a QR code.
The billboard is trying to encourage drivers which see one of Autobarn’s 45 VW Passats being used as loaner cars, to scan the QR codes on the side of those vehicles. The QR code will link the smart phone user with more information on special deals on Passats from Autobarn.
But in actuality, the billboard is promoting distracted driving and perhaps even a flaming death amongst the twisted wreckage of a motorist’s car.
According to the Tribune, dealership management never thought someone would be moronic enough to stick their arm out the window and try to scan a billboard with their smartphone at 55 mph.
One assumes the Tribune believes many drivers would be stupid enough to do so.
After being made aware of the billboard by the newspaper, Volkswagen of America is now asking the dealership to take the billboard down immediately and IDOT spokespersons are outraged as well.
Hopefully now, the Trib start going after those horribly dangerous billboards marketing beer? Because that Coors or Budweiser billboards they zoom by may encourage drivers to crack open a beer to drink while driving.
This editors of this website are universally distracted by any billboard which portrays an attractive woman and believe those type of ads should be banned as well. Suburban gentleman’s clubs better get their act together or else!
Here’s the Tribune’s full “story” entitled, “VW billboard seems to invite drivers to scan code.”