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July 6, 1946


JAMA. 1946;131(10):826. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870270026011

During the war accidents in the home outstripped highway accidents, which in turn had outstripped industrial and home accidents in the days before the war. Now that gasoline rationing has been discontinued and motorists are free to drive when and where they wish, the accident toll on the highway has been increasing until it threatens to surpass the big highway accident year 1941. At the present rate highway casualties in 1946 may reach 40,000 deaths and more than 1,300.000 injuries, many of them involving permanent disability.

President Truman called a highway safety conference, which met in Washington May 8, 9 and 10. During the course of the conference working committees held open hearings. With the modifications growing out of these hearings, the reports were presented to the general conference and became the conference report, which is consolidated into a pamphlet entitled Action Program, the President's Highway Safety Conference, 1946.1

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