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May 14, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(20):1577-1578. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680460047017

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Street Accidents  The appalling increase of street accidents since the advent of motor cars has been reported from time to time. During the last six years, fatalities have increased by about 55 per cent and injuries by about 125 per cent. The rapid growth in the numbers of mechanically propelled vehicles has been accompanied by an ever increasing use of the streets by pedestrians unequipped by habit, knowledge and experience to protect themselves against the new hazards. Until comparatively recent years, greater London was an aggregation of a number of more or less independent communities. It has now been transformed by the motor car into one single community, with a transportation system bringing all the elements of the population into closer contact. Business and shopping have become more and more centralized, and what were formerly the outer towns and villages are becoming more and more mere dormitories of London. The

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