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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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The silk-stockinged boy, the
drunken son of wealthy parents, is
in the class of auto drivers that Judge
Joseph Sabath of the sup'erior court
is going to send to the rockpile, if
the legislature will stick by him and
pass a law!
Joy-riding will be bn a decline if
the law proposed by Sabath goes
over in the legislature during the
next session. For the law will give
judges like Sabath the right to send
intoxicated auto drivers to jail.
"No matter how swell they are,"
declared Sabath yesterday, "drivers
of autos who will fill up on booze
until they can't operate their ma
chine properly, then crash about on
the city streets, should be given a
good stiff sentence.
"The best we can do for this class
now is to fine them $200. I have as
sessed this fine fifty times while pre
siding over .the speeders' court in the
City Hall.
"But most of the time I felt that
the speeder would pay the fine and
go out and laugh at me, for many
of the speeders of the drunken class
don't care about $200. They have
"The law as it stands is unjust If
a hardworked chauffeur for a depart
ment store, wholesale house or taxi
firm drinks too much and is brought
into court, we have to fine him. .
"Now the chances are that this
poor fellow hasn't the money to pay
any fine, let alone the limit He goes
out to the Bridewell and pays for his
misdemeanor by working the fine out
at a rate of 50 cents a day. The rich
man pays and laughs. This isn't jus
tice for all."
If Judge Sabath succeeds. in get
ting his rockpile law over, his second
auto safety campaign will have suc
ceeded. The first attempt he made
to cut the number or auto accidents
.was a series of talks with drivers of
newspaper trucks while he was in
the speeders' court
He visited the offices of the News,
Herald, Examiner, American and
Post and talked with their chauffeurs.
The drivers were told of the increas
ing number of accidents caused by
newspaper delivery trucks and warn
ed that if they came into Judge Sa
bath's court they would feel the
weight of the law despite their con
nection with newspapers.
"But I don't want you in my court
I don't want you to speed. I want
you to give the people of the city who
must walk a fair chance. Don't
speed. Don't drive recklessly," he
told them.
"You newspaper fellows have a
very bad reputation for speeding.
You hurt the name of your papers.
People say that you can speed -and
the police are afraid to stop you.
That isn't true. The best thing to do,
anyway, is to go slow."
Then' Jfidge Sabath talked to the
circulation managers and told them
he would soak every offender that
came before him. But he wanted
them to work with him and not to
stand in fear of his court They
"I think conditions are very much
better in the newspaper game now
than they were before I served in the
speeders' court," declared Sabath to
day. "If they have improved a bit,
my time was well spent
"I thing judges should work with
people. They should come down off
the bench and get acquainted. This
won't hurt the standing of the right
kind of judge. And it makes the peo
ple respect the courts a lot more
than they would if the judges stand'
Cleveland. Mrs. Essie Moore
seeks divorce because her husband,
photographer, is an authority oa
"studio kisses,"

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