The Highway: Sand and Balloons

New highway and auto-safety mea sures often make the cure seem worse than the disease. Seat belts save 2,000 to 2,500 lives annually, estimates the National Safety Council; yet motorists have to be cajoled into buckling them in stead of sitting on them. New super-lighways eliminate dangerous curves and intersections while creating new hazards in the form of bridge piers, complicated cloverleafs and, not least, driver boredom. Two new devices offer relatively painless and inexpensive ways to reduce crash damage without placing new burdens on the motorist.

The Auto-Ceptor crash-restraint system is especially useful for drivers of minicars. In case...

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