• Short Summary

    A DEVICE TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM STARTING THEIR CARS WHEN DRUNK WAS DEMONSTRATED IN NEW YORK ON MONDAY (MARCH 29).

  • Description

    A DEVICE TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM STARTING THEIR CARS WHEN DRUNK WAS DEMONSTRATED IN NEW YORK ON MONDAY (MARCH 29).

    THE DEVICE, CALLED A PHYSTESTER, FUNCTIONS BY REQUIRING DRIVERS TO PERFORM A SIMPLE TEST OF ALERTMENT. IF THEY FAIL -- AND INTOXICATED PEOPLE USUALLY DO FAIL -- THE IGNITION SYSTEM LOCKS ITSELF FOR A CONSIDERABLE "SOBERING UP PERIOD."
    THE MACHINE IS LIKE A SIMPLE ADDING MACHINE. TO UNLOCK THE DEVICE THE DRIVER MUST PUNCH OUT A FIVE FIGURE NUMBER -- HIS OWN PERSONAL CODE. THEN A SET OF FIVE RANDOM NUMBERS APPEAR ON THE SMALL SCREEN FOR A FEW SECONDS. AFTER THESE NUMBERS HAVE DISAPPEARED THE DRIVER MUST PUNCH OUT THE NUMBERS HE HAS SEEN. IF HE FAILS THE CAR WILL NOT START. HE IS GIVEN TWO MORE ATTEMPTS. IF HE FAILS EACH TIME, HE WILL BE UNABLE TO START THE CAR FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4SLB3M52UYC1GWC38HWX4SX1S
    Media URN:
    VLVA4SLB3M52UYC1GWC38HWX4SX1S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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