• Short Summary

    A NERVE-RACKING PROBLEM FOR THE JAPANESE TRAFFIC POLICE HAS DEVELOPED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AS A RESULT OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL COMBINATION OF WESTERN CAR PRODUCTION-LINE TECHNIQUES AND ORIENTAL FATALISM.

  • Description

    A NERVE-RACKING PROBLEM FOR THE JAPANESE TRAFFIC POLICE HAS DEVELOPED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AS A RESULT OF THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL COMBINATION OF WESTERN CAR PRODUCTION-LINE TECHNIQUES AND ORIENTAL FATALISM.

    AS VEHICLES POUR OUT OF FACTORIES ON TO ROADS WHICH FREQUENTLY HAVE NO PAVEMENTS, THEY COME INTO CONFLICT WITH A NATION WHICH HAS THE HIGHEST PER CAPITA DEATH TOLL IN THE WORLD.

    THE TRAFFIC POLICE EMPLOY ALL WAYS AND MEANS TO KEEP CROWDS AND CARS APART, AND NOW THEY ARE USING CAMERAS TO REDUCE JAY-WALKING TO A MINIMUM.

    AS A PEDESTRIAN WANDERS BETWEEN LANES OF CARS, A TRAFFIC POLICEMAN CAN QUICKLY PHOTOGRAPH THE OFFENCE WITH A POLAROID CAMERA.ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE TEAM ARRESTS THE JAY-WALKER AND TAKES HIM TO A STREET-CORNER POLICE-POST WHERE THE FILM IS INSTANTLY DEVELOPED.THE OFFENDER IS SHOWN THE PHOTOGRAPH WHICH HAS CAUGHT HIM IN THE ACT, AND SERVED WITH A SUMMONS TO APPEAR IN THE TRAFFIC COURT TO PAY A FINE.

    THE FINES OF LESS THAN GBP1 FOR JAY-WALKING ARE BELIEVED TO BE SECONDARY TO THE SURPRISE AND EMBARRASSMENT OF BEING PHOTOGRAPHED IN AN UNDENIABLY DANGEROUS SITUATION.SINCE THE SCHEME IS PROVING EFFECTIVE, THE POLICE ARE CONTINUING TO PATROL THE MAIN TRAFFIC CENTRES WITH CAMERAS IN THE HOPE THAT, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, JAPAN'S CITIZENS WILL BE KEPT TO THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA86AZMJUQIDLMB7FJD567OKBA0
    Media URN:
    VLVA86AZMJUQIDLMB7FJD567OKBA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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