• Short Summary

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

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN NEW YORK STREET SCENE TO CAR PARKED
    0.06

    2.
    SV CROWD AROUND CAR
    0.10

    3.
    GV CAR & CROWD
    0.16

    4.
    SV DRIVER SHOWS DEVICE & EXPLAINS ITS WORKINGS (SOF)
    1.12

    5.
    CU DRIVER SWITCHES ON IGNITION & SELECTS CODE (INCORRECT) AND THEN TRIES AGAIN GETS CORRECT CODE & STARTS CAR
    1.25

    6.
    SV DRIVER PLACING TESTER INTO DASH-BOARD
    1.31

    7.
    CU CAR DRIVES OFF
    1.42


    TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: DRIVER: "THIS IS A PHYSIOLOGICAL TESTER THAT WE ARE DEVELOPING AT GENERAL MOTORS DELCO ELECTRONIC DIVISION TO COMBAT THE DRUNK DRIVING PROBLEM. THE WAY IT WORKS IS THE TESTER TO EVALUATE YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE. IN DETAIL, IT CHECKS YOUR ABILITY TO SEE SOME NUMBERS, YOUR ABILITY TO REMEMBER THEM, PUNCH IN THESE NUMBERS AGAIN WHICH YOU ARE ABLE TO DO QUITE WELL WHEN SOBER, BUT VERY DIFFICULT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE DRUNK. I'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE DEMONSTRATION OF IT. WE SUPPLY POWER TO THE DEVICE, WE PUNCH IN AN ELECTRONIC COMBINATION LOCK WHICH IS 9-0-5-3-1, CALL UP OUR RANDOM NUMBER 7-2-9-3-8-7-2-9-3-8, PASS IT AND START THE AUTOMOBILE. IF YOU WERE DRUNK, YOU WOULD HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME DOING THAT. IF YOU FAILED IT THREE TIMES IN A ROW WE WOULD PROHIBIT YOUR STARTING OF THE CAR FOR SOME LENGTHY DURATION OF TIME".




    Initials SGM/2125 SGM/2136



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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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