Jun 1, 2017

Driving in 1939 was an accident waiting to happen!


The Model T auto had been on the roads about 30 years in 1939, yet what we now see as common sense traffic laws did not exist in most places.


But the public supported many proposed regulations.
From a Gallup survey that year:

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To reduce automobile accidents, would you favor any of the following measures?
YesNo
%%
Revoke licenses of drunk drivers
95
5
Uniform traffic laws and regulations for all states
93
7
Compulsory brake and headlight inspection
90
10
Jail sentences for drunken drivers
90
10
Strict laws against jaywalking
89
11
Strict drivers' tests with regular physical and mental examination
87
13
Compulsory auto liability insurance
76
24
Installing "speed governors" on motors so that cars could not go faster than 50 miles an hour
74
26
More severe punishment for violation of traffic laws
64
36
Special markings for cars whose drivers have been at fault in accidents
46
54
Gallup, March 6-11, 1939
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We might call that last proposal "accident driver shaming" today!

See the entire Gallup report HERE.


 

3 comments:

Jay Croft said...

What about the non-use of turn signals?

(U see that happen in Maryland, too, but not as much as in Alabama.)

Tim Lennox said...

Editor-In-Chief Jay corrects his comment:

"In the piece about the 1939 poll, in my comment please change the U to I. Thanks. I guess it was too early in the morning!"

Tim says: that texting while commenting will get you every time!

Jay Croft said...

Ho, ho. I detest "texting" with itty-bitty cellphones. I bought one only at my wife's insistence, and very seldom use it.

Nope. I use a real desktop with a real CPU, a real keyboard and a real monitor.