THE NETHERLANDS: Wait for the Bubble

Along with all the other problems that beset the motorist the world over, drivers in Holland have one added hazard to contend with: the canals. An average of two cars a day slip their brakes, back into or otherwise plunge into the country's famed waterways. Last year, 100 drivers and passengers drowned before help arrived.

The obvious answer would be to erect barriers around the canals, but barriers low enough to avoid spoiling the view would be too low to keep cars out. Last week the Royal Dutch Association for Assistance to Drowning Persons had a new idea: it began giving...

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