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MURDER BY MOTOR CARS
Every day it takes place murder by motor car.
Some days a dozen murders by this new and deadly means.take
place m as many parts of the country.
,It is a shocking thing.
It calls upon everydriver of a car to take thought lest he join
the ranks of killers tomorrow.
The man who runs fifteen miles an hour where he should run
only ten, is a potential homicide.
If he runs twenty-five miles an hour except under exceptional
conditions, he is a potential homicide.
He is a potential homicide if he drives any car anywhere at a
speed which would prevent' film from1-stopping in time to prevent
,the striking of any moving vehicle or person emerging from any,
cover anywhere along the road.-
This is the only rule which a man can adopt to save himself
from possible homicide.
If it be a city street, the driver is a potential killer if he drives
fast enough to make a collision even remotely possible. If it is at
a crossing he is guilty if he drives so that any foot passenger can
possibly get under the wheels before he can stop. He cannot place
any of the blame on others unless his own car is absolutely under
control. He must be able always to prevent his own speed from in
If there aK weeds by the roadside, he must expect that a child
will suddenly step from them into the track. He must go so slow
that he must stop and save that child. If it is a cross-roads even in
the most deserted countryside, he must expect either a pedestrian or
a horse-drawn vehicle, or another motor car to emerge from the
-trees just as his car reaches the crossing. He is a criminal if he
t guesses that the way is clear and dashes across. He is a criminal -unless
.. In other words, the driver of a motor car is a criminal unless he
so drives that a would-be suicide, seeking self-destruction would
always fail to find it under his wheels.
This is a strict rule, a doctrine of construing every chance
against the motorist but it is the only just one, the only safe one.
The law gives Tom, Dick and Harry the right to drive the
.most powerful projectile of modern times through the crowds and
along roads. Tom, Dick and Harry cannot complain if the law
and public sentiment hold the.m guilty of homicide if they fail in
making absolutely sure that even the most careless user of the high
Vay is saved from death and injury.