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October 10, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(15):1224. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770410046012

In every section of the country, concentrated efforts by towns and cities have developed toward diminishing the number of automobile accidents and fatalities. The statistics that have been compiled give evidence of the appalling automobile mortality each year. There is little reason to believe that these figures will diminish in magnitude in the near future. Rigorous measures are required to remedy the condition and to limit the number of accidents. Direct emphasis of the importance of necessary restrictions can best be obtained by a program of public education, based on a compilation and analysis of detailed statistics bearing on the subject. The material dealing with automobile fatalities usually refers only to the total number of lives lost during some definite time in the entire country or in some selected area and only occasionally deals with the loss of life suffered in broad age groups. Careful treatment of mortality figures in

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