• Short Summary

    Testing safety belts with crash test dummies.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Safer in Car Belts".

    Alexandra Palace, London.

    Demonstration crashes for proof. Traffic in the centre of London. Travel shot from car at speed going along road. C/U driver at wheel. Travel shot at speed from car going along an arterial road. C/U driver at wheel. Travel shot from car at speed, the car draws up quickly at traffic lights behind another car. C/U traffic lights going green. Travel shot from car at speed. Panning C/U car's wheels skidding. C/U driver ducking and laying over steering wheel. C/U from car as it crashes into lamppost. C/U smashed windscreen, driver flops over steering wheel.

    Various shots smashed up car. M/S policeman and other pushing car over, pan to broken glass in road. M/S Mr. Leather-Barrow's car which was involved in collision with lorry. Mr. Leather-Barrow escaped with his life owing to safety belts. C/U smashed car. Panning C/U car driving at speed, it stops very sharply to demonstrate new type of safety belt. The driver opens the car door and starts to unhook safety belt.

    M/S Peter Haigh fixing safety belt round him. M/S man putting dummy into another car. Crowd watches. C/U dummy in car, Haigh does not fasten seat belt. Various shots Haigh's car driving into dummy's car. C/U showing dummy's head going through the windscreen. Peter Haigh opens car door, unhooks safety belt and gets out. Peter Haigh walks over to examine the dummy's head which has been thrown through the windscreen. This test demonstrates why seat belts are necessary!

    Note: brochures about seat belts on file.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:14:00 / 01:24:01:00

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    "Various shots smashed up car." - the car is a Wolseley 1500.

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