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May 20, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(20):1620-1621. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500470048014

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The automobile is becoming an important element in our civilization. The record of accidents from its use is becoming appalling. Since January 1 there are said to have occurred in New York City and vicinity no less than seven hundred and ninety-three automobile casualties, sixty-two of them fatal and over sixty more rendering their victims cripples for life. If this can happen in one city it is not pleasant to think of the possibilities for the whole country. We do not vouch for the figures—which would seem to justify a popular uprising—but, even if exaggerated many fold, they demand action. Much of this record, if not all of it, may be credited to high-speed automobiling, and there seems to be a tendency among chauffeurs, unconsciously it may be in some cases, to take excessive risks in this particular way. Many who are arrested for going beyond the speed established by

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