Guess What State Doesn’t Want You “Jerking” When You Drive

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A PSA campaign just went very wrong.

When you see this this ad, one state might jump to mind: Florida. After all, Florida is quite notorious at this point for mixing highways and self-satisfying, especially in the case of Cory Evans, who went to town on himself while at the wheel of his car to put on quite the show for a Florida trucker.

But that’s because you missed all the snow falling onto the car in the pic. If there’s someone that one doesn’t associate with Florida, it’s snow. Well, actual “frozen water” snow. Florida is known for other white stuff, but it’s unlikely to be found in large enough quantities to make driving a problem (or at least, driving at a reasonable speed on the right side of the road a problem).

So after the initial confusion, it turns out that South Dakota was responsible for the ads. “Jerking” turns out the be a term for overcorrecting when steering on slippery, snow-covered roads. MyFOXdfw reports:

Officials for the state of South Dakota have removed a “Don’t Jerk and Drive” safety campaign after complaints about the sexual overtones of the message.

The campaign, created by the state’s Department of Public Safety, was meant to ask drivers not to overcorrect, or jerk, steering wheels while driving on icy and snowy roads.

But officials opted to kill the campaign after multiple complaints that the phrase wasn’t appropriate.

“This is an important safety message and I don’t want this innuendo to distract from our goal to save lives on the road,” said DPS secretary Trevor Jones.

Regardless, when the going gets snowy this winter, do your best not to jerk it.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Automotive Correspondent

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