Europe: None for the Road

By early evening, Britain's streets were uncommonly empty last week, and normally brimful pubs were almost deserted. Brewery stocks tumbled on the London exchange. Government announcements on television exhorted couples to decide before going out for an evening which of them would drink and which would drive. The Daily Mail worried that Britain might change from "a friendly, sociable nation to a country of introverts."

Thus "The Test" came to Britain last week. From now on, British drivers will be obliged by law to submit to random curbside "Breathalyser" tests, blowing their breath into 8-in. glass tubes containing alcohol-sensitive yellow...

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