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March 1972


An Independent Survey Today Announced. . .

(TOKYO, Japan, UPI) Honda Motors announced today that it is experimenting with a device to deal with the problem of drunken driving. It consists of a specially-treated platinum alloy disc which, when fitted in the center of the steering wheel, detects the presence of alcohol on the breath of the driver, causing a relay to be actuated which prevents the car from starting. A prototype is under construction and will be tested shortly. Honda did not say what would happen if someone else in the car, say a mother-in-law in the back seat, had been drinking. They did say that results of their test would be announced as soon as available. . .

Copyright: 1972 Car and Driver

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