Michael Rooker Starring In The Driving Dead PSAs

Many fans of The Walking Dead know Michael Rooker for his work as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead, but now they should know him as a safety advocate as well.

The Driving Dead is a Public Service Announcement that is set up into a miniseries of YouTube videos.  They are designed to promote seatbelt use as well as discourage drinking and driving.  While that doesn’t sound like the setup for an entertaining series of videos, these short episodes are actually quite powerful and entertaining as well as informative and helpful.

Here is the first episode in the series starring Michael Rooker:

and here is the second episode from The Driving Dead:

It’s interesting to note that the setting of these videos is very familiar.  It seems to be set in an apocalyptic wasteland a little like the one on AMC’s hit television show The Walking Dead.  It probably feels a lot more familiar because of the inclusion of Michael Rooker, who played the hard-nosed Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead.

The web series was created by the State of Illinois’ Department of Transportation.  Although the videos are meant to entertain, the larger theme of The Driving Dead is the promotion of safety.  It’s great to see that they found a fun way to get their point across in an entertaining way that doesn’t really feel like the ideas and concepts are being shoved down the throats of viewers.  In fact, if you hadn’t told me that these were public safety videos, I’d probably still watch them anyway.

Make sure to bookmark the official site for The Driving Dead at their official website at http://thedrivingdeadseries.com/ to watch the new videos as they become available and be sure to support the State of Illinois for their fantastic work on this series.