• Short Summary

    Fog is a major cause of winter accidents on highways throughout Europe and America.

    In West?

  • Description

    Fog is a major cause of winter accidents on highways throughout Europe and America.

    In West Germany, new equipment has been installed at several points along major autobahns to register visibility along stretches of highway prone to sudden fogs.

    When poor visibility develops, the equipment automatically turns on an illuminated sign, warning motorists of the danger.

    German police say that since the equipment was installed in October there has not been a single accident on the section of autobahn shown in this film.

    SYNOPSIS: Futuristic shapes beside an autobahn in West Germany --- but they have a vary practical purpose. They represent the latest effort by West German traffic officials to cut down the accident rate in fog. The equipment is fully automatic - but checked regularly. It consists of a transmitter and a reflector which measures the visibility. Fog has become a major cause of fatal accidents on super-highways throughout much of Europe and North America -- and the danger was highlighted in Britain only a month age when eight people died in a smash on a fog-bound motorway.

    The equipment beside the German autobahn registers poor visibility - and automatically switches on an illuminated sign, warning motorists of the danger.

    This section of autobahn has in the past been the scans of many serious accident. In recent years, 19 people have been killed here. However, since the fog warning system was installed early in October, the police report there have been no traffic accidents on this stretch. The equipment is not completely new. It's already been in use for some time at major airports throughout Britain.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACENDAGJ7AAV0ZTOX14FLPE1D5
    Media URN:
    VLVACENDAGJ7AAV0ZTOX14FLPE1D5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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