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March 10, 1945

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JAMA. 1945;127(10):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100038013

CAMPAIGN TO CHECK AUTOMOBILE BRAKES  The International Association of Chiefs of Police1 recently announced a campaign of nationwide scope to lead automobile drivers to check their brakes. This program will be conducted between April 15 and June 1. The campaign has been evolved by the police association as a device to focus public attention on the seriousness of the traffic accident situation. When a similar program was started in Michigan one of seven cars failed to meet brake check requirements, and when the program ended only one of twenty-three cars failed to meet such requirements. During the period of the campaign, about 11 per cent of all cars checked had brakes considered inadequate or unsafe. The influence of physicians may well be placed behind this program for its public health importance and as a means of lessening emergency calls in this time of stress.