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Drunk Driving / Britain #199747

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 02, 1968
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(Studio) Report on British law to prevent drunk driving.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) Motoring here requires restraint, discipline and caution. 6 months ago, British Minister of Transport imposed law giving police right to breathtest motorists for alcohol level of blood. Over .08 is disqualification from driving, possible prison sentence and fine. Scotland Yard performs mock-up of breath test to demonstrate. [OFFICER - tells motorist to blow up bag. Explains procedure to motorist after he does.] Officer and motorist go to police station Of 20,000 motorists tested in 6 months, 12;500 lost licenses Motorist gets 2nd breath test 20 minutes after 1st. [2nd OFFICER- says 2nd test positive. Asks motorist for blood or urine specimen for analysis. Failure to do so could lead to disqualification, fine and imprisonment.] [1 of authors of legislature, Minister of State Stephen SWINGLER - says fatal accidents reduced 20% and serious accidents 14%. Sure all would agree test added to welcome drop in accidents.] Alcohol little stigma in Britain. Whole families gather at public houses. [MAN - says needs car for business, so am very careful.] [2nd MAN - says drinks less due to law.] [WOMAN - says hit women harder because they have to do all the driving because men get drunk anyway.] Apparatus reminds driver to stop well before he's had too much.
REPORTER: Morley Safer

Reasoner, Harry;
Safer, Morley

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