In Beyond VS #8, which focuses on dangerous transportation, readers are taken on an educational journey through the world of road safety, all in the style of Lego and minifigs. The story unfolds through a series of panels featuring Bey and her AI assistant OND, who engage in a thought-provoking dialogue about the alarming number of vehicle-related fatalities and what can be done to reduce them.
The narrative begins with Bey expressing shock over the high number of road-related deaths in the United States. OND, the more knowledgeable of the two, explains that while driving has become safer over the years, there’s still much room for improvement. The duo discusses the role of media in shaping public perception, pointing out that sensational stories often overshadow everyday dangers like road accidents.
The graphic novel delves into the multifaceted nature of road safety, exploring the roles of engineering, laws, and cultural shifts. Ond explains how transportation engineers work tirelessly to design safer roads, balancing various factors such as budget, aesthetics, and stakeholder interests. The story also highlights the importance of innovative design elements like rumble strips, guardrails, and impact attenuators in highway safety.
Urban road safety is not left out, as the characters discuss design elements that protect vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. The novel also touches on the challenges and potential of autonomous vehicles, emphasizing their role in significantly reducing road fatalities.
The story concludes with a powerful message: everyone has a role to play in road safety. From engineers and lawmakers to everyday citizens, the collective efforts can make a significant impact. Bey decides to take action, vowing to spread awareness.