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AUTO TRUCK. FENDER FIGHT
- MAY BE RENEWED JAN. 1.
The four-yeaivold fight over fen
ders on. mo tor trucks with the people
and the council on one .side and the
big commercial interests on the oth
er, will blaze forth anew on th first
day of the new year when the last
ordinance, passed unanimously by
the council, becomes effective.
A bitter court fight that will cost
thousands of dollars and drag things
along tor months while people are
being maimed and killed by fender
less auto trucks is expected.
The Motor Truck Owners' ass'n,
with managers of blg department
stores, express compa"nies, mail or
der houses, wholesale houses and
public utilities, has held several
meetings and raised a large Bum to'
stop the efforts of the council to pro
tect the people, by fighting the new'
ordinance in court '
Aside from the meetings of the as
sociation of big business men, there
has been considerable gum-shoe
work to raise enough money to hire
crack lawyers who can stall th,e or
dinance in court.
Even if the law is finally declared
valid and the' firms are ordered to
equip their machines with fenders,
they figure they, can save money if
they can delay things for another
half year or more. The number of
people who will be slain by trucks in
this time does not enter into their
calculations. They are insured
against such accidents and do not
propose to' add to expenses by buy
ing fenders for their trucks.
The fight for fenders started four
years go when the father of Aid.
Otto Kerner was killed by a motor
track on Christmas eve, 1912. Ker
ner put his ideas before, the city
council and the first fender law was
Afte two years of litigation and
stalling, this law was declared in
valid and another one was passed. It
suffered the same fate and the courts
knocked it on the head about the i
first of this year. . Then the council
passed an Ironclad law which was
drawn up by the best ordinance law
yers in the city. It will come in for
its test after the -first of the year.
When the chief of police is called
upon to issue, certificates of approval
to the five fenders which have been
tested by city engineers and ap
proved of as efficient, the motor
truck owners are expected to go to
court for an injunction.
The ordinance requires that a fen
der of the basket type, five of which
are named as efficient by the vclty,
shall be attached to all motor trucks
of capacity of more than 1,500
pounds. Tests have proven that in
98 cases out of 100 this fender will
pick up and carry the unfortunate
person who is' hit by the rdachine.
Other figures have sljown that a big
majority of deaths caused by such
are. a result of the person being run
over; a truck seldom hits with speed
enough to cause fatal injury unless
the body is carried under the wheels.
City engineers say that fenders
will not lessen the number of acci
dents. But the will cut down the
number of deaths resulting from
these accidents. .
o o .
NEW POLICE CHIEF WILL BE
UP AGAINST A RECORD T
RUN OF CRIME '
Whenlhe successor" to Chief of
Police Healey steps in New Year's
eve he will face the problem of com-,
batting a record of crime which may
not be equaled in any city. Fgures
published today, compiled by Thos.
M. Kilbride, secretary of the state
board of pardons, show this crime
record for Chicago:
A holdup every, six hours. .
A murder every other'tiay.
Two suicides a day. '
An arrest every seven and one-half
Liquor, lust, gambling and bad
company are the most frequent
.causes of crime, Kilbride says,.