This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian (Mar, 1931)

I just can’t understand why this isn’t standard on all vehicles…

This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian

TRUCKS equipped with the new safety device shown in the photo at the left will literally sweep a fallen pedestrian before it and thus save him from being crushed to almost certain death beneath the heavy wheels. The device consists chiefly of a grooved roller mounted on an extension arm in front of the wheels and geared to the engine.

On coming in contact with a fallen pedestrian it tends to roll him ahead till the truck can be brought to a stop. Ordinarily, it projects out in front of the car, serving as a bumper, but is released immediately by the driver when there is a possibility of an accident.

6 comments
  1. mcubstead says: November 21, 201211:55 am

    Lets see, Option 1: Be crushed, Option 2 Be pushed down the street. I’m not sure if that would be better??!!!! I’d think that would be like falling off a motorcycle.

  2. Toronto says: November 21, 201212:33 pm

    This would no doubt lead to mandatory helmet laws for pedestrians.

  3. Hirudinea says: November 21, 20121:01 pm

    Hit by this at 30/40 mph and your not only dead but also smeared all over the road.

  4. Charlene says: November 24, 201212:01 am

    It’s a street sweeper for drunks!

    We could use that in Winnipeg on Saturday nights.

  5. Toronto says: November 24, 201212:09 pm

    Not this weekend, Charlene. They’re all here in Toronto for the Grey Cup. I swear, there are more Roughrider and Blue Bomber sweaters around town than their are Argo’s.

  6. Stephen Edwards says: November 25, 201210:45 am

    I particularly like the part about how it needs to be “released immediately by the driver when there is a possibility of an accident.” So not only is it likely to maim the pedestrian in the process of killing him, there’s a good chance the driver will be worried more about, say, slamming on the breaks, and neglect to deploy it at all.

    On second thought, this may be brilliant: “Your honor, my invention works perfectly. It is solely the fault of the driver who neglected to deploy it that the pedestrian in question was killed.”

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