12 September 1939 Unless special safety steps are taken Manchester is likely to have a death rate of two per blackout, with a much higher tally of injuries suffered

A week’s experience of the “black-out” in Manchester has been greatly disturbing. The record of traffic accidents during the dark hours in the city and surrounding districts suggests that unless special safety steps are taken we are likely to have a death-rate of two per “black-out,” with a much higher tally of injuries suffered.

We are all in the process of acquiring a new discipline and adjusting ourselves to emergency conditions. For many people who remember the last war this is no novelty. In the years 1915 to 1918 most people learnt to walk the streets after sundown by faith rather than by sight.

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