• Short Summary

    Swedish police demonstrated their latest method of catching the non-stop car driver - a narrow strip of metal along which are fixed four inch long hollow metal spikes.

  • Description

    Swedish police demonstrated their latest method of catching the non-stop car driver - a narrow strip of metal along which are fixed four inch long hollow metal spikes.

    The hollow spikes, or nails, have perforations at their "sharp" and, and are so loosely attached to the fourteen-foot long strip that when a car runs a cross the strip, laid across the road to stop the speeding car, the nails are torn from their sockets and remain embedded in the tyres, from which the air immediately escapes through the perforations.

    A tyre can thus be entirely deflated in twelve to fifteen seconds, and is of course, entirely useless afterwards.

    This invention, a Swiss one, cannot be used in all circumstances, such as on a tree-lined road, for if a car were to be stopped suddenly in this way, the driver might lose control of the machine with disastrous results to himself and others on the road.

    Because of this risk, conditions for its use have been laid down by Swedish Minister of the Interior Johansson, and circulated to all police stations in Sweden.

    Only the urgent necessity of stopping the fleeing, car, show whose driver may be an escaped prisoner or drunk and thus a menace to everyone on the road at the time warrants its use at present.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9UA2S1QU7CSAJ8G08LRVFFUXR
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UA2S1QU7CSAJ8G08LRVFFUXR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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