“Hit-Run” Drivers Identified by Disks Discharged by Car (Aug, 1931)

Sounds like a great idea because no one would ever consider disabling their disk dispenser.

“Hit-Run” Drivers Identified by Disks Discharged by Car
HIT and run drivers, long a deadly menace of the highways, may he apprehended in the future hy means of a stream of identification disks discharged by their cars as they speed away from the scene of the accident. Suggested recently by a New Jersey lawyer, this scheme of bringing reckless drivers to justice makes use of a special device on the bumper which ejects small metal disks bearing the car’s license number and name of the driver, so that to learn the name of the culprit the victim needs only pick up a disk. Operation of the device will be automatic whenever a victim is struck.

9 comments
  1. ratpack7 says: September 7, 20083:39 am

    you know with a little up date this might not be a bad idea. they have designed tazers that when fired leaves micro tags on the person it was used on. Of course you would have to make it not able to be disabled. maybe put the micro tags (with the VIN of the vehicle) in the bumper mounts so to disable it you would have remove the bumper and find a new way to attach it. I don’t think many people would go thought all that just on the off chance they hit someone and then drove away.

  2. ratpack7 says: September 7, 20083:41 am

    P.S. most hit and runs are not planed ahead of time.

  3. nlpnt says: September 7, 20086:47 am

    Why not just look for the car with the pedestrian-shaped dent in the hood? Maybe not with a ’31 Cadillac, but certainly most modern cars.

  4. Steve says: September 7, 20081:08 pm

    “…to learn the name of the culprit the victim needs only pick up a disk.”

    As long as he aint dead.

  5. hwertz says: September 7, 20085:18 pm

    If my car had one of these, I would have shot all my disks last winter. We got over 4 feet of snow, and I drive through the ghetto so it wasn’t plowed! I assume since I got enough pressure on the front bumper to crack it that I would have set off the dispenser.

  6. Charlene says: September 7, 20085:20 pm

    They aren’t, but a lot of them – where I live, 85% – are committed using stolen cars. This only tells the police who owned the car.

  7. rsterling78 says: September 7, 20086:51 pm

    I love the picture. The driver seems totally unfazed by having hit a man with his car, a nonchalant smile on his face as glances back at his victim.

  8. S Jones says: September 8, 20081:16 pm

    ratpack7 is right. Not only are micro-tags a viable idea but have been used as a car theft deterrent since 2004 and before.

    The DataDot company in Australia makes grain-of-sand sized tags, each laser-etched with the vehicle VIN. You spray 10,000 of those around the car so that they are bound to rub off on a thief where they can be detected by UV light, collected and read under a portable microscope.

    You can buy a kit of 500 DataDots (with a unique ID of course) for $30US.
    http://www.datadotusa.c…

  9. docca says: October 4, 200810:16 am

    I remember reading that Ford had some pretty nasty problems with DataDots. Basically the whole thing would become a mess in the factory, because it was too easy to get “cross-polination”, i.e. one car getting DataDots from other cars that passed through the same assembly line.

    But it seems their marketing department is just fine, as a quick search reveals it’s being used by other manufacturers.

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