Signal 30

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For the Mad Men episode, see Signal 30 (Mad Men).

Signal 30 was a gruesome 1959 social guidance film made by the Highway Safety Foundation in the vicinity of Mansfield, Ohio.[1][2][3]

In popular culture[edit]

The safety film was used as the title of an episode of Mad Men, and a heckling commentary soundtrack is included in comedian Michael J. Nelson's RiffTrax commentaries.


  1. ^ Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Found Footage Horror Films: Fear and the Appearance of Reality 2014 0786470771 "The Highway Safety Foundation became a non-profit organization, and in October 1959 Signal 30 was screened."
  2. ^ Field & Stream Apr. 1986 p.19 "Signal 30 was the call number for a fatal automobile accident, and that was what the film showed, in color, sound, and all the graphic detail you could want. When we left the theater, our faces were the same olive green as our uniforms, ..."
  3. ^ William E. Jones Tearoom 2008 p.37 "Smith says that accounts vary on whether Signal 30 was an instant hit. But what his book calls "the first highway safety gore film" did win a National Safety Council Award and the endorsement of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Signal 30's success prompted Wayman and friends to start a for-profit production..."