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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1954 January

Roanoke, Virginia Officials Watch Drunk-o-Meter Demonstration

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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In Roanoke, Va., officials including City Manager Arthur Owens and Police Superintendent Major Frank Webb watch a presentation by the National Association of Life Insurance Underwriters on the Drunk-O-Meter, a device used to estimate blood alcohol levels. A volunteer, assisting with a demonstration of the device, takes a drink of whiskey before blowing up a balloon.
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