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June 4, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(23):2000-2001. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730490046018

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Public Demands Reduction of Road Accidents  In spite of the new road traffic act, the appalling death toll of the roads continues without sensible diminution. The public and the press cry out that something more must be done, but no one seems able to suggest anything that will make much difference. In the House of Commons the home secretary, Sir Herbert Samuel, said that the police did all they could to prevent dangerous driving but that the figures showed an exceedingly bad state of things. In Great Britain in 1931 no fewer than 6,691 persons were killed and 202,119 injured in street accidents. Every day of the year eighteen people were killed and 553 injured. The only favorable feature was that last year the number of fatal accidents was 614 less than in the previous year, but, on the other hand, the nonfatal accidents were increased by 24,224.The subject