McCANN, San Juan / GFR MEDIA / 2016
We noted that the only moment when people actually pay attention to the problem of Texting & Driving is when a big story of a terrible accident is covered by the news or when someone they know is involved in it. But you just can’t put someone in danger like that. That’s when when turned to Pepito, a beloved fictional comic book character. We collaborated with Pepito’s creators and decided that the character would be hit by a driver who was texting while driving. Pepito would remain in a comma for the following weeks, as we prompted the readers to demand new laws for road safety. If the readers or congress ignored the issue, Pepito would die ending the 10-year run of the comic in Primera Hora, one of the top newspapers in Puerto Rico.
We created a strip where Pepito wrote a letter to the House of Representatives asking for strict laws against texting & driving. While he delivered the letter he was run over. For a week we continued the story with small cliffhangers always revealing that Pepito’s letter never reached its intended destination. After a week, and showing Pepito in a coma, Primera Hora published Pepito’s letter with instructions on how to send it to Jaime Perelló, the President of the House of Representatives. For month we continued the story of how the lives of friends and family of Pepito changed because of the accident while asking people to continue pressing congress for action. Finally, the House of Representatives voted on a resolution to change the exciting law. And Pepito woke up and met Jaime Perelló who labeled him a champion of the cause.
The letters sent by readers prompted the House of Representatives to unanimously vote in favor of a measure to change the law. The project quintuples the fine for cell phone use behind the wheel, from $50 to $250, and designates 10% of proceeds to educational campaigns against TEXT & DRIVE.
DEL CAMPO SAATCHI & SAATCHI, Buenos Aires
2014, VH1 LATIN AMERICA