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ATLANTA
SU I TE 1130
C O M M E R CE B UILO I N G
A TL AN TA, GEORG I A 3 0 3 03
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
688-3 4 11
A Citi zens' Organi zation Dev ot e d to Traffic Impro vement and Accident Pr eve ntion
September 27 , 1967
Mr . Grady Ridgeway, Jr .
President
Association of Administrative Department
Heads
Department of Aviation
Atlanta Airport 30320
0,,-ar Grady:
Please convey to the membership of the Depanment Heads Association my deepest
pologtes for not ppearlng as scheduled at them eting la.st night .
There is no way to adequately express my emba.rrassmcmt over this monumental
goof. Diringthe past few years I have made several hundred addresses to v rious
clu and or
zations and had not until now Just pl ·n not appeared . To hav it
ppen With any group is bad enough , but to not show with a important a body s
the City Department Heads is utterly disa trous .
As partial explanation s to h
I could possibly have forgotten such m ting,
I can only r call that yesterday w s an extremely hectic day with our st ff 11
~ tically preparing for our annual meeting tomorrow . I spent the mornin con ductin a meeting for Atlanta PTA president nd safety chairmen and s then in
the office until 7:00 p , m . getting r dy for the annual me ing. I then h d hom
without cv r having look d t my cal ndar and w
thou nd loo
d f • the
m
ng ln my mind. All of which ls not an xcuse or even very good exp
ion .
I tn particulady appreciative of the De ttment H els going ahead and d1
sslng
th
f
iv Driving program d ho I will be le to male part l am nds by
holdln a worth lle program for those who r ble to mak it . 1 will
in too ch
th E rl Lander to arr
tails .
, pl s xpr a my
,..,.u-~ of p ople th
City De
apolo s d r gr . Knowing what fine
t H da ar • 1 will hav to hop t
th y wW
G E OR G E G OODWIN, PRE SI D E NT
BIL L
C . W A I NWR I GHT , MR S . L UCIL L E S . H U F FMA N , V ICE P RES I D E NT S
C, A , M C NA I R , TRE ASURER
EDMUND W , H U GH E S , MANAG I NG DIRECTO R
�Mr . Grady Ridgeway, Jr .
September 27', 1967
Page Two
understand their old frield pulling such an inexcusable boner and find it in their
hearts to excuse him .
Sincerely,
Edmund W. Hughes
Managing Director
EWH/ sp
ec:t,}i.r . Earl Landers
�September l , 1967
Mr . Edmund W. Hughes
Managing Director
Atlanta Trtaffic and Sifety Council
Suite 1130;, Commerc e Building
Atlanta., G :orgia 30303
Dear Ed :
With further reference to your letter of August 10th, we are
enclosing h r with copy of a lett r dated .August 25, 1967
from Karl Be'Vin· 1 Traffic Engineer.
We have advhed Karl that we concur ln hi recommendations,
and we feel S\ll' that he would welcome any a · i tanc: you
could give him in getting th G orgia State Highw y Department
to participate in
uch a pl:'ogram.
Sincerely yOUI' ,
R. E rl Lander
Administr: tive aailtant
REL:lp
Endo• re
�September 1, 1967
Mr. Karl Belrins
Traffic Engineer
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Karl:
Thi will acknowledge your letter of August 25, 1967 regarding
pos ible Federal Aid for traffic oper tion improvements through
the Georgia Highway Department.
We concur in your recommend tions and your pproach in getting
the project underway.
Sine rely yo\U' •
R. E rl Land r
Administra tive A si tant
REL:lp
�CITY OF ATLA
TA
TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Atlanta , Georgia
30303
August 25, 1967
KARL A . BEV I NS
T raffic Engineer
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of the City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mayor Allen:
Regarding the letter from Mr. Edm~ d W. Hughes, Managing Director of the Atlanta
Traffic and Safety Council, dated August 10, 1967, seeking "to determine whether
the City will be willing to pursue this matter and seek to have the State make
this federal money available", we have the following report.
We strongly recommend that the City of Atlanta do everything within its power
(financially and politically) to cooperate with and participate in the newly initiated
program of the Bureau of Public Roads, which is called Traffic Operations Program
to Increase Capacity and Safety (termed the "TOPICS" program). Immediately after
receiving your memorandum on August 22, 1967, we again thoroughly reviewed the
status of this type of program in the Atlanta area with the Bureau of Public Roads
people and the State Highway Department people to make certain that we were up
to date regarding their thinking. The Bureau of Public Roads people are very anxious
for a city like Atlanta to set up projects under this program . They are also very
anxious for the State of Georgia to participate in the program. All federal funds
under this TOPICS program are available only through the Georgia State Highway
Department . At this time, the Georgia State Highway Department has a firm policy
against spending any of their funds for this purpose in Atlanta or any other cities
in the State. We, of course, believe that this policy should~ can , and will be
changed. As mentioned above, we believe that the City of Atlanta should welcome
assistance from the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council and any other citizen group
towards the end of having this policy changed .
Before any federal - aid system submittal or program to effect traffic operation
improvements on Atlanta streets can be approved , it must be supported by a comprehensive area wide plan for traffic operation improvements, including a program
for implementing a significant portion of the plan within five years. The tremendous amount of work necessary to make the basic street and traf fi c inventories
and to develop the plan may be financed with money that also could be made available by the State Highway Department. In addition, the actual designs for traffic
operation improvements can also be programmed as preliminary engineering jobs,
and a portion or all of this work can be financed with federal aid money which
is currently coming t o or i s available to the Georgia State Highway Department .
Since the plan or any submission must be based on an area wide inventory and an
analysis of all elements related to the plan for all streets and highways on a
federal aid system in the area, we have been exploring ways and means of producing
�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
August 25, 1967
Page Two
such an inventory and plan in preparation for setting up specific projects to submit
at such time as the State's policy may be changed.
Since the State Highway Department has a firm policy against participating
in this TOPICS program, we have been unable to obtain much information and only
a few opinions from State Highway Department personnel. The Bureau of Public Roads
people, however, have been very specific in their insistence that an area wide
plan must include as a minimum all of the area within the Circumferential Freeway
(I-285) and probably needs to extend over a larger area. This immediately .brings
up the difficulties and probably the impracticality of the City of Atlanta undertaking to finance such a study without any outside help. Also , the study tends
to parallel the present continuing coordinated comprehensive traffic planning study,
which is under way in compliance with the 1962 Federal Aid Highway Act. However,
the area wide plan for traffic operation improvements is a more detailed and specific
type of study than the study under way in compliance with the 1962 Federal Aiu
Highway Act. It is our opinion that it is impractical for any single governmental
agency in the Atlanta area (such as the City of Atlanta) to undertake by itself
the development of an area wide plan for traffic operation improvements. We have
a very strong feeling that this project should be undertaken and financed by the
State Highway Department with the federal aid money available to them for purposes
of this sort. Once this plan was developed and approved by the Bureau of Public
Roads, specific traffic operation improvement projects (such as the ones that we
currently carry on in our daily program in the City of Atlanta) could b e set up
and submitted for federal aid money. This money , of course, coming to the State
Highway Department and then on to the City of Atlanta.
We have
improvement s
six months.
firm, but we
$200,000.00.
made a rough estimate that the area wide plan for traffic operation
could be completed by a consultin g firm in a period of approximately
We have not yet obtained an estimate of the cost from any consulting
are gues sing that the cost might range from $50 , 000.00 upwards to
Antici pating your concurrence with our recommendation that the City of Atlanta
do everything within its power financially and politically or influence-wise to
cooperate with and participate in this TOPICS program, we are arran gin g to dis cuss
i n general terms the cost of s uch an area wide traffic operation improvement plan
with some consulting firms . These explorations will be done withou t in any way
committing the City of Atlanta and simply for the purpose of determining a little
more accurately ex actly what kind of an expenditure might be necessary on the part
of the Georgia State Highway Department in order to get this program under way
in the City of Atlanta. It would, of course, be unwise for the City of Atlanta
or anyone other than the Georgia Stat e Highway Department to undertake to finance
such a study since the study would only be useful if the Georgia State Highway Department
was agreeable to participating in the program. If the Georgia State Highway Department
is interested in participating in the program, the cast of the study would be a
comparatively minor item i n the total outlay and, therefore, it should not be difficult
to get the Highway Department to take care of this particular cost.
�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
August 25, 1967
Page Three
We hope that this report is clear and that it contains sufficient information
to answer the questions that need answering at the present time. We have available
a substantial amount of additional detailed information regarding the TOPICS program
and we will be happy to discuss it with you in more detail at any time that you
desire.
Sincerely,
S¥<(o.,Q_~
Karl A. Bevins
KAB/cmc
cc:
Mr. R. Earl Landers
Alderman Jack Summers
�August 22, 1967
M r . Edmund W ., Hughes
Managing Director
.Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
Suite 1130, Com.mere Building
.AU nta, Geor ia 30303
De r Ed:
Your letter of Au
t 10, 1967, ddre ed io Ivan
.Allen, Jr.,
yor, is being referred to
rl Bevina,
TraUic Engineer.
We
ve disc
d thl matter ·th Karl
somew t familiu with the pt'o r
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"TOPICS". We · re requeatin him to make a
further atudy of th pro ram
d to dvi
tow twill
n cesaary for the City to
in the pro r

a
11 k:e
you
vised.
Sincer ly,
R.
A
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�SU I TE 1130
ATLANTA
COMMERCE B U I L DIN G
ATLANTA, GEORG I A 3 0 303
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
688 · 3411
A Citiz e n s ' Organi z ation D evo te d to Traffic I mp ro vement and Accid en t Pre ve n tion
August 10, 1967
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr .
Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Iva n:
During a recent visit in Washington, D. C., I talked with officials in the .
U. S. Bureau of Public Roads about a program which could mean a substantial number of dollars for traffic engineering in Atlanta . In a nutshell, money is available from the federal government to match a sub stantial portion of the funds we are presently spending for improving traffic flow on our major streets and downtown streets . This is a different
program from the highway safety progra m I m entioned in a n earlie r letter.
The rub i s that this fe de ral money must come from funds which a r e a llocated to the State as the federa l government's share of construction of
the federal aid primary system . Thus, this money is ava ilable if the
State of Ge orgia will p e rmit it to be made ava ilable to Atla nta rathe r the n
u sed el sewhere in the Stat e for construction .
Our Council would like t o make a m a jor pus h to see this done, p rovided
that the City a lso i s incline d to follow throu gh on the progr a m .
The progr a m involved i s knows as "TOPICS " (Tra ffic Operations Program.
fo r Increasing Capa city a nd Safety) . According to the p ersons with whom
I spoke, t he Bureau of Public Roa ds i s s hifting n10 re to urban -oriented probl e m s. T his program is a n a dministrative step rathe r t ha n a l egislative step
as the r e has been no law passe d r eally authorizing this.
To qu a lify under th e exi sting regulations, th e c ity m u st designate its maj or
streets and its m ain busin ess s t reets as part of t h e federal a id pri mary
system. T h en these streets become eligibl e for fe deral funds to improve
t h e operation of tra ffic on the streets.
GEORGE GOODWIN, PRES I DENT
B ILL C. WAIN WR I GHT , MR S. LUC I LLE S. HU FFMAN, VIC E
C. A. MC N A I R , TREAS UR ER
EDMU N D W. HUGHES. MANA G I NG D IR ECTOR
PRES I DENTS
�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
August 10, 1967
Page Two
No major construction is permitted under the program unless a particular
location can be designated as a key bottleneck or high accident location, the
remedy for which would involve a grade separation, widening or similar
construction. In this case construction could qualify.
One of the requirements to receive the se funds is that the various tra ffic im prove m e nt projects must be part of an area -wide pla n . This plan would out line proposed traffic improvements within the area over a long period and
approximately when the various portions of the plan would be accomplished.
Most cities are having consulting firms do their plans. The consultant fe e
for such a plan is also eligible for the m atching federal funds.
I am informe d that progra ms of this type a r e now unde r way and r e ceiving
matching fede ral money in Memphis, T ennessee, Huntsville, Alabama and
one is about to begin in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The fede r a l officials a r e aware that while s ome state s a r e eage r to join in
the p r ogram, s ome rurally-oriente d stat es a r e hesitant to get s tart ed s ince
it m eans giving up funding which c ould be u sed to build something el se . T he
a ttitude of those with whom I spoke was one of being eager to s ee a city such
a s Atla nta r eque st and r ec ei ve this funding and they will do all they can at
their end. The key , howeve r , is in having the Sta t e approve alloca t ing som e
of the federal aid p r ima ry syst em funds for u se in Atla nta .
T he pu r pose of this l ette r i s to det er mine whethe r the City will be willing
to pursue this matte r a nd s eek to have the State m a ke this fe de ral m oney
a vaila ble . If so, we will be happy to l end t he Council ' s aid t o t his end .
Sincerely ,
Edmu nd W . Hughe s
Ma naging Director
EWH/ sp
�Wednesday, September 13th
Ann,
I called Ed Hughes office . . . he was out and I tal . ed to his secretary
The ~
emb~ 9
'hold" on the calendar is for the annual meeting of
the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council . . . Dr. Wm. Hadden, Director
of the National Highway Safety Bureau is going to be the speaker .
they are e x pecting some 400 people . . . it will be at 12: l:S at the
American Motor Hotel
. . they are most anxious for Mr. Allen to be
pres e nt if possible • .
they are getting out the letters this week.
I told her that the Mayor has anothe r commitment that requi r e s his
presence also , and that we would let them know definitely .
Betty
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�Augu t ZZ, 19-67
Mr . Edmund W. Hughes
anaging Director
Atlanta Traffic. and Safety Council
Suite 113-0, Commerce Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
De r Ed :
Your letter of Au u t 10, 1967. dd:re . ed to I n
Alleu, ir • • Mayor, ia being referred to Karl B vin ,
Traffic Engineer.
e
pro r
"TOPICS".
re 'l' que tin him to
furth :r tudy of the pro r
d to dviae
to
t 11
cea ry for the City Co participat
We
U ke
y ,u · d • •ed •

Sine rely,
R.
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Aalli•ta
�September 18, 1967
\ Mr. George Goodwin, President
---::J Atlanta Taaffic and Safety Council
1130 Commerce Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear George:
A I have advised Ed Hughes, 1 regret that I
cannot be at the annual m.eeting of the Atlanta
Traffic and Safety Council due to a conunitment
to speak at lunch on the same date.
I hope you will be able to bring Dr. Haddon by
my office some time ThUl'sday afternoon.
Sincerely your ,
'
Ivan Allen, Jr.
M ayor
lAJr/br
�ATLANTA
SU I TE 1 1 30
CO MM ERCE B UILD ING
ATLANTA , G E ORG I A 30303
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
688 · 34 11
A Ci t iz e n s ' O rga niz ation D evo t e d to Traffi c I mp ro v em en t and Accid e nt P revention
Sep tember I 5, 196 7
The Honorable I van Allen, Jr.
Mayo r
Cit y of Atla nt a
Cit y Hal I
30303
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Iv a n:
The Atlanta Traffic and Safety Counci I wi 1 1 hold its annual meeting
at the Atla nta American Motor Hotel o n Thursday, September 28 , at
12: 15 p.m.
We are honored to hav e as our speaker t he top ma n in the na t io n in
the field of traff ic sa fe t y, Dr . Willi a m J. Ha ddo n, Jr., Di rector of
t he ne wly created Nat ional Hi ghway Safety Bur ea u.
Th i s wi I I be one
of his first p ublic speaking en gage ment s sinc e President J ohnson
a ppoin te d him to this vital positi o n l ess than a year ago.
Since tak in g over the nation ' s hi g hway and veh i c l e safety operations,
Dr. Haddo n has been co nstant l y in the news rec e iving alternately
praise and condem natio n from Congress, the automotive industry and
traffic safety authorities.
His appearance in At l anta should be the
outstanding h i ghway safety e vent in this area this year.
Also, at the meeting there wi 11 be a short induction of the Counci I's
new officers and directors.
Meeting with us wi I I be dir ectors and
members of the new Georgia Safety Council, in order that they mig ht
a l so hear Dr. Haddon 1 s mes sa ge.
P l ease comp l ete the enclos ed reservation card and return it as soon as possible.
think this wi I I be one of the most interesting and i mportant meetings
our Counci I has held, and hope you wi I I make every effort to attend and
bring with you persons who are int e rest ed in our tra ff i c a nd safe ty
probl e ms.
Sincerely,
~~
George Goodw i n
Preside nt
GG/sp
GEORG E
GOODW IN , PRES I DENT
B ILL C. W A INW R I GHT, MR S . LUC I LLE S. HU FFMAN, VICE PRES I DE N TS
C . A . M C N A I R, TR E ASURER
E D MUND W. HU G H ES, MANAGING DIRECTOR
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August 15; 1967
Mr. Edmund W. Hughes
Managing Director
Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
Suite 1130, Co1Illllerce Building
Atlanta, Georsia 30303
De.'.lr Mr. Hughes:
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., has fozvarded to us a photo copy of your lett r
Augu t 7, 1967, regardinR the possible utilization of the new feder 1 funds
able through the National High, y Safety Bureau by the City of Atlanta. We
in Mayor Allen's reply to you his request that we-. "communicate with you and
the necessary request for funds" . We, in turn, have th followin~ report.
_of
availnote
pre are
We met with Mr. B n A • .Joz:dan_. Cgordin.e_t ot of . !U.ghw -:y, .S fetv for the State
of ~eor ia on August 4, 1~~7. Among those present at tle meeting _w re r. Rny
A. Nixon, Judg nerscneI'E. Cole, Mr. Charles L. Davi., Mr . J. Lewis Cook, and
so111a of their associates. All funds allocated under the National H:f.gh ay Safety
Act will be handl d through r. Ben A. Jordan's office. Mr. Jord n and his asBociatcs xplained the pro~edure that are to be followed, an
Of compJytf\i. with thq~e pr~ce?ures.
_.....,..._.
Th first request from Mr. Ben Jordan's off ce is th t we prep re (within
th n xt few days) a compl te et1.mate of all expenditures anticip ted for the
next ten years in the field of traffic saf ty. The
estimates ar then to be
reduced by u to fill out a fourteen or fift en page queetionnairc which will
be submitted to Mr. J rdan'
mates for the
office for bi
review and inclu ion in
i ilar
eti-
ntire State of Georgia .
A soon as Mr. Jordan'
avail ble pplic tion blanks
Saf ty Act. As thins tan
~ ¥traffic engineering other t~an for pure re e rch
oj_cct .•
at some engtn ~-ano· a.Ithough e regt'et that it is true ev ryone present at the
me ting with Mr. Jordan a reed that for the moment that is the situation. Sever l
po sibl ways to enter thie proj ct fi ld throu b "the back door" w r di cussed
and are currently being 1nve t1gated by us. We would appr ci te youi- fi.lling us
in on what your l~tter indict
is proh bly ome additional information tb the
not yet come to us.
One of th~ re uire. enta 1n thie procedure is for ,ach city to estal-li ha
coordinator through whom, 11 r qu .sts for f deral ~rante will cl l'•
you know,
coordinator, and wear r ady to proceed in- so• f r
the City of Atlant has such
as that part of the etup 1 eoncerned . D ,tail on thia coordtnating procedure
�Mr. Edmund W. Hu hes
August 15 , 1967
Page Two
can be obtained from Mr. Charles L. D vi
0
,
City Comp troller .
Thank you very much for your continued i n terest in this subject . We will
look forward to receivin . the additional information which your telephone conversation and your letter indicate you tdll soon have.
Sincerely ,
-~0.S2
c~-
Karl A. Bevins
KAB /cmc
cc :
Mayor Ivan Allen, J r. v '
Mr . Charles L. Davis
�August 9, 1967
Mr . Ed W. Hughes
Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
Suite 1130
Com:merce Building
Atlanta, Georgia
30303
Dear Ed:
May I acknowledge receipt of your letter of
August 7 , regarding the National H ighway
Saf~ty Bureau fund .
I am referring this letter to Karl Bevins with
the request that he communicate with you and
prepare the necessary request for funds. I
am a king him to represent the City of Atlanta
in thi m tter.
Sincerely,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor
lAJr:eo
CC: Mr. Karl Bevin•, Traffic Engineer
�ATLANTA
SU I TE11 30
COMMERCE BU I LD IN G
A TLANTA, GEORG I A 30303
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
688 · 3 4 1 1
A Citizen s ' Organizati on D evote d to Traffic Impr ovement and Accid e nt Pr evention
August 7, 1967
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr .
Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Ivan:
A limited amount of funds will be available shortly through the new NationaLHighway Safety Bureau. Of the $1,067,158 apportioned for Georgia , forty pe rcent will
b e available to local governments. Those who apply first will be given first consideration.
Th e application or applications are to be sent through the State Highway Safety Co ordinator and must be endorsed by the head of the local government concerned.
It would seem that with the limited number of dollars available and the "first come,
first serve" consideration, it would be advisable for the several Atlanta departments
which might qualify for these funds to meet promptly and agree on one to two proj ects to be submitted. Application forms are expected to be ready in approximat e ly
two weeks and applications will be accepted approximately Sept ember 1.
I would guess that Atlanta would be fortunate if it received as much as $100,000 from
this source. This money is on a "fifty-fifty matching" basis but a number of items
the City is now carrying out can be used to make up Atlanta's share. Consequently,
the fede ral funds will be extra money for which the City will not have to appropriate
matching funds beyond that money already being sp ent.
Some ite ms which could qualify for th e se funds include expanding traffic court facili ties; identifying and improving high accident locations; improving traffic r e cords
and accident records systems; studies pertaining to road design, construction and
maintenance; studies concerning traffic control devic e s; and nearly any phas e of ex p a nding driver education. Expressly excluded from eligibility is any type of construct ion or maintenance costs and, at this tim e, the costs of tra ffic signal equipment . I
have re queste d a ruling from the National Bure au on this last itern and it might yet
be included .
GE O R G E
G OODW I N, PRESID E NT
B I LL C . WA I NW RI G H T , MRS . L UCILLE S . HUFFMAN, VICE PRESIDENTS
C. A. MC N A I R . TREASURER
EDMUND W . HUGHES, MANAGING DIRECT OR
�The Honorable Iva n Allen, Jr.
August 7 , 1967
Page Two
While in Washington a few days ago I talked at length with officials of the Bureau
of Public Roads regarding a program through which a substantial part of Atlanta's
traffic engineering expenditures would be eligible for fifty-fifty matching federal
dollars . I will send you information concerning this other program within the
next couple of days, after I have rece ive d the notes and material from that meeting.
Sincerely ,
Edmund W. Hughes
Managing Director
EWH/sp
�August 25, 1967
Tho llonor able Ivan Allen, Jr .
Mayor of the City of Atlan~a
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mayor All.en :
llegarding the let.t r from Hr . Edmund W. Hughes, Mana:!Ji.n Director of the Atl anta
Traffic and Safety Council, dated Auttust 10 , 1967, seeking 11 to determine wbet;h r
the City will be willing to pursue t his matter and eek to have the State make
this federal tnoney availabl . ", ~ have the following report.
&trongly recommend that the City of Atlanta do everything within its power
(fin8.llcially and politic lly) to coopet'at witl and part icipat :tn the newly init!l.at d
program of the Bureau of Public Roads, whtch i• called Tr ffic Op ration
rogr •
to Increase C pacit:y and S,a fety (termed th "TOPICS program). I ediatoly after
r ceiving your memnr nd
on August 22, 1967, we again thoroughly revi w d the
status of this type of pro rom in t he Atlanta res wi th the Dur u of Public Road
people and tho State Highway Dcpo.rtm nt p opl.e to make certain that w wore up
to d te re rdin th tr tb:fnkin. Th Bur- u of Public Rods peopl
r- v ry anxiou
for
city 111 Atlanta to et up proj c ts und r thi pro r· • Thy are al o
ry
nxiou for the State of Georgia to partici.pnto in the progJ;'arn. All federal funds
under this TOPICS pro ram r av ilable only through th G or ia St t Hi _h ay
Department. At tM.s ti , the G or i St_ te Hi h ay Dep rtmont has a fim poli cy
• ainRt spendin any of their ftmds for thi purpose in Atlanta or any oth r cities
in th St t . W. of course, beli ~ that thi po11cy should, can,
d will be
changed.
entio d bove, w b lieve th t th City of Atlanta should~ lcome
iatance fr-o the Atlnnta Traffic and Safety Council and any oth r citizen rou
toward• th
nd of b&ving this poliey changed.
any fed~ral- id y t m submittal or progT
to effect tr ffic op ration
ts on Atlanta tr ete can b a prov d, it ,ust be sup ort d by a co pr wid plan for traffic operation 1.t1 ro mente, includin• a pr
for impl entin a si>JUificant portion of th plan ith!n £iv y ars . Th trem ndoua
uot of work neces ry to ak the b ie tr t
d tr ffic !nventori
and to dcv lop the plan may be financed with
n y th t -a lso c.ould be 111 de v ilabl by the Statb Highway Dep rtta nt. In addition, the ctual d ign for traffic
oper tlon i prove nt• can 1 ob progr
as r li in ry en in ring jobs,
nd a porticm or all of this work c n be fina c d ith fed r 1 aid mon .y which
is cu~rently c.omin to or 1a vail ble to the G orgi Stat R1~h~ay D art nt.
Sine the plan or any eubmies1on must be b
analy i of all elements relate to th pl
federal aid syet. in the
rea,
~
have be
id . inventory n an
on~
rorlucin
�The Honorabl e I van Allen, J r.
August 25, 196 7
Page Two
uch an inventory and plan in preparation for setting up ap cific proj c ts to submit
a t such t ime as t he State's policy my be cnang~d.
Since th
State High ay D p&rtment ha a firm pol i cy gsinat partic ipating
n unable to obt a i n much inf orm t i on and only
a few opinions from State Highway Department personnel . Th_, Bureau o f Public Roads
peopl , howe'7 r, have been very spec ific in their in i stence t hat an area wide
plan mus t include as a mini..~um all of the area within tha Ciroumfer n tial Ft: ew y
( I-285) and p"'t'ob bly n eeds to extend over a larger a rea ~ Th i s immedirtt ly ·bt'ings
up the difficulties and probably the im racticality of the City of At l anta undert kin to finance ·such
study without any out. id~ hell) . Also ·, th
tudy tends
· to paral lel the present continuing co rdina.ted comprehensive tr ffic planning study,
whieh is under way in complianc
ith th 196'2 F der 1 Aid Highway Act. However,
the are wide plan for traffic operation i~provemert t s ie
mo r e detailed and ~p~cific
type of study than th.e study und r w yin compliance with the 1962 Federal Aid
Highw y Act . It is our opinion that it is impractical for any in le governmental
in this TOPI CS proera:m, we have b
cy in the Atlant
ar a (such a:s the City of Atlanta) to undertake by itsel f
the developm nt of an < rea wide plan for tr ffie operation improvements .
have
a very etrong feeling that thi pToj ct should be und rt ken ad fin need by th
Stat IUahwsy Dep r ent with the fad ra1 aid money aV'ail ble to them for pur oses
of this sort. Once this plan was develop d and approved by ~h Bur~au of Public
Road , sp cific traffic op r tion improv nt proj ct ( uch
the on s that we
curr ntly carry on in our daily prog!t'
in th City of Atlanta) could best u
and submitted for federal aid mon y. Thi mon y, of cour , comin~ to th State
Ri hway D part ent and th non to the City of Atlanta.
W b .ve
improvem"~t
ix
nth.
fi , but w
$200,000.00.
e. rough . stim te that th are.a wid l)°Ian for tr ff ic peration
could b complet d by
consulting firm in
peri.od of a _ rcxi: tely
We ha¥ not yet obtained n e timat . of tho cost from any c<.n ulting
are ue ing th t th cost might ran e from $50,000.00 upward to
m d
Antic! ating your concurrence with our recomm ndation that the City of Atl nt
do verythin within it• o~er financ~ lly and olitic lly or influ nce-w1
to
co.op rat with nd p rtidpate in · thit TOPICS program. e ar arran, ing to di cua
in enere.1 t t\ll th . cot of uch an area wide traffic op r tion i prov
nt pl n
ith s
consulting firm$. The
lorations will be don
ithout in an
y
eommittin th City of tl nt and
ly fo,: th pur o
of dete ininp; a Uttl
ore ccurat ly exactly ~hat kind of n x penditur
i ht b nee eary o the p ~t
of th G or 1a St t tit h'w y Dep rt ent in order tog t thi
rogram und r
in the City of Atlant. It would, of cour$e, b unwie tor ~h City of Atl nta
or anyon oth r th nth Geo~gia State Highwa D partm ~t t undertake to fin nee
.
tudy sine, the study
uld onl be u .ful if the G rgia t t Hi hwa.y Dep.artl!len t .
ws a r
bl top rticip tin in th progr
If th· G orgia St te lli h~ay D 4~t
t
i interest din particip ting in th progr • tle c.ost of the tudy old be
c psra.tiv ly .1nor it
in the tot l outlay and. the:refor , it ehoul
ot be dtfUeult: .
to get the Ht hway Department te tnk c re -0f thi partic l r c .t.
�the Honorab l e Ivan Allen, Jr.
August 25, 1967
Page- Three
We hope t hat this report is clear ano t het it contains sufficient inform tion
to answer th questions that need answering at tho presen·t time. We have available
a s ubs tant ial amo unt of addition l detailed inform tion r egarding th TOPICS program
and we will be happy to discuss it 1th you in more detail a t /il!lY tie that you
desire .
Se<c;Jl~ Sincerely ,
K r l A. Bev1-ns
KAB/ cmc
cc:
Mr. R. Earl Land rs ~
Alderman J ck Summers
�August 21, 1967
Mr. Joae-ph A . Wyant
M
ger, Paper Di ion
S . P . Richard.a P&per Com ny
1130 Bankhead Ave.n , N . W.
Atlan , Georgi
D
Joe:
for you. letter- of A
t 18th and for
rt of the Atlanta Tr ffic and Safety
I
nic
•ly pl •
to l am
Thank y
y
u
Council.
about the achool zone d.c
b n. au ,-ing.
With hi b
~
re
bich y ·
reg rda, 1
Sincer ly y
•,
Ivan All n, Jr.
ayor
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CC: Mr
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Ed Hughes
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�CITYQFp.:_
July 28 ,
19 67
CITY HALL
ATLANTA. GA. 30303
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR
Mr. E. Lindsey Coleman
R. B. M. of Atlanta, Inc.
3181 East Rosw e ll Road, N. E.
Atlanta, Geor g ia 30305
r.. EARL LAN DERS, Admini strative Assist ant
MRS. ANN M. MOSES, Execut ive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR., Director of Governmental Liaison
Dear Mr. Col e man:
Th e tr a f f i c mo v eme nt a n d acc i dent preve nt i on prob l eMs fac i ng
o ur g r ow in g c i t y dema n d the c o nce rn an d act iv e suppo r t of
Atl a nta's bu s in e ss community. We ar e f o rtun a t e i n Atlanta t o
ha v e a n age ncy which r e pr e s e nt s th e bus in e ss c omm unit y an d wo r ks
c lo se l y wi th t he city governMe nt and l o c a l o ff i cia l s i n this
f i e I d.
i s of t r emendo u s a i d t o
.i...e...c.rl..!!l.!IB.UL-l--H-tH-+s--t-l'r-e-d;yi-&+-ri~-anna wo r k in g with o u r
e ng in eer in g , e nforc eme nt and ed uca ti ona l br a nches to mi n i mize
the l oss o f I i fe and p r op e r t y a nd to i mp r o ve the f l ow of people.
As Mayo r of At l a nta and an ex-off i c i o me mber of the Co un c i I 's
Bo ard of Dir ecto r s , I am fam i I i ar with th e va l ue of th i s orga ni zat i on ' s wo r k.
a m a l so aware that t he Co unc i I ne e d s th e
membe r sh i p and support of a l arger se g ment of th e busin ess commu nity i f i t i s to be tru l y repr ese nta ti v e of th e th i n k in g o f
o u r bus i ness l ea ders and if i t i s to ex pa n d i ts import a nt act ivi ti es .
To more ful l y acq u a in t yo u with th e typ e of work th e Co un c il
carries o ut, I am e nc l o s in g a I ! s tin g of some of t he se rvi ces
r e n dered by t he Co un c i I to our commun i ty dur in g t he past yea r.
I ho pe you wi 11 tak e ti me t o l oo k th ese ov e r.
Yo u wi I I be contact e d about me mb ers hi p in the At l a nta Traffi c
an d Sa fety Co unci I in th e nea r futu re , a nd I tru st you wi I I
g iv e t hi s ca refu l co ns id erat i on.
Iv a n All e n,
Mayor
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�KEY SERVICES TO METROPOLITAN ATLANTA
PROVIDED BY
THE ATLANTA TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
AWARDS
Pre sentation of the "Howard Berger Teen-Age Safe Driving Awards" each year re cogniz es th e top bo y and
girl drivers in the Atlanta area with $100 cash prizes and plaques to the winners' schools.
The annual Sigma Delta Chi Journalism Traffic Safety Award is judged by a Council Committee.
Awards were presented to Atlanta area PT A's whi ch conducted the best safety programs during the year , and
thi s will be a continuing project.
TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS
Traffi c construction and engineering improvements were achieved at s everal specific locations as a _result
of Council recommendations and follow-up.
Council's efforts aided in securing substantial increase in traffi c engineering budget and personnel.
Council promotion helped to secure school blinker signal equipment for city school zones .
Specific selective enforceme nt proposals were outlined to police and many were adopted.
A periodic selective enforcement guide is provided for Police Departm ent.
Council participated in implementing a rule against utility companie s and others working in streets during
rush hours .
Council aided in getting new state highway division of safety engineering, staffed with 10 engineers , establi shed during 1966.
Through Council effort s , Fulton County medic al examiner's office began determining blood alcohol content
of tr~ffi c victim s where possible, with findings di stributed to the community.
Efforts to get driver deucation back in public schools were coordinated by the Council.
Managing Director served as chairman of special group to work out traffi c and safety at new Atl anta stadium.
PUBLIC EDUCATION
A newsl ette r, with 6,000 monthly circul ation , provides safety information to public, media, board members
and Coun cil members.
Accident _scoreboard sign at firm adj acent to freeway was arranged for and current data is supplied by the
Council.
Traffic death and accident fig ures are prepared in digestible form and rel ayed to all news media.
A new "Bl ack Border" news release was instituted and is sent immedi ately to local news media following
each traffic fatality, giving potential prevention techniques for the type of accident involved.
Through promotion and coordination with city government, the Council i s conducting a campaign to reduce
traffic deaths in 1967.
News spot announcements , utilizing local accident facts and figures, are sent periodically to all area TV
and radio stations.
The area's largest radio station is cooperating in a Council-originated salute to a "Worthy Safety Booster"
each day.
Council aided in promotion of television National Drivers Test and distributed test forms in the area.
Approximately 20,000 medicine cabinet stickers , teaching poison counterdoses and emergency treatment,
were prepared and distributed to employees of members and others.
�A billboard campaign, "Don't Just Sit There On Your Seat Belt", designed by the Council, won a national
award for outdoor advertising design.
Turner Advertising Company furnished 100 billboards and posted a reproduction of a first-grade student's
safety poster selected from citywide elementary school entries.
A booth at the Atlanta Graduate Medical Assembly was maintained by the Council and 1,500 locally prepared " Prescribe Prevention" kits were distributed to doctors.
A "Moral Responsibility" kit was prepared and 600 were distributed to Atlanta area ministers.
With WAGA-TV television station, the Council prepared a 30-minute documentary on driving under the
influence of alcohol , "D .U.I. , Initials for Death". After the original television showing , a print was made
available and it is being shown to various civic and service organization meetings.
CIVIC AFFAIRS
A Civic Safety Division, staffed by a full-time employee, was operated to encourage safety program and
project participation by various civic and service organizations.
Council staff and board members make approximately 100 speeclies a year on safety to civic and service
organizations.
Council maintains a library of safety films and distributed them to Atlanta area employers, civic groups
and others.
A meeting of PTA safety chairmen in the area was held to outline programs and projects they could undertake , and each one was given a detailed folder prepared for the occasion.
Medical Association of Georgia , in establishing new Traffic Safety Committee, and at its initial meeting,
received Council assistance to help guide activities.
P articipation in Southern Traffic Court Judges Conference program at Emory University is an annual project.
SCHOOL AND CIIlLDREN
Council's "Safety Bug" , a truck painted to look like a big bug, visits area schools every day , talking to
thousands of students about safety and showing them pedestrian safety cartoon movies . A part-time staff
member was employed to operate the "Bug".
A te acher's manual and coloring leaflets were prepared and are distributed to every teacher and every child
by the "Safety Bug".
Council arrange d for a police officer who accompanies "Safety Bug" in daily visits to schools and teaches
person al safety rules to 35 ,000 upper elementary students a year through " Safety Bees" , similar to the
old-fa shioned spelling bee.
Council co-sponsore d five bicycle rodeos in local schools.
Council prepared and distributed reprints of " First Aid Tips for Teachers" to 9 ,000 Atlanta area school
teachers.
Council aided in scheduling and presentation at area high schools of " Spurrlows", a traveling musi cal
safety show, and arranged for 1967 appearances including teievision.
Council annually plans and carries out week-long " Safety-rama", bringing together the efforts of 35 civic,
service an d governmental organizations in one big proj ect of displays, exhibits , programs , etc. at Leno x
Square Shopping Center , with weekly traffi c of approximately 200 ,000 persons .
�"Safety City" was constructed and operated, and more than 2,000 youngsters were "accident-proofed" by
firemen, nurses, policemen, police women and Council staff.
STAFF ACTIVITIES
Certificates on accidental deaths are analyzed and records are submitted to National Safety Council.
The Council's Inter-Agency Committee brings together traffic officials monthly to coordinate activities.
Council appearances before three grand juries outlined local s afety needs.
A number of appearances were made before various committees and commissions, testifying to advantages
of such safety measures as the "implied consent" law, driver education , driver re-examination, use of
radar, etc.
Council participated in Congressional hearings on federal traffic safety legislation, and in regional conferences on standards required, to aid local cities and state in meeting federal standards .
Council staff participates regularly in lectures to all police recruit tra ining classes.
Managing Director serves as member of Legislative Traffic Safety Committee, appointed by Governor , to
recommend traffic safety legislation to General Assembly.
Staff engineer is pre sident of American Society of Safety Engineers , Georgia Chapter, permitting exchange
of information and coordinated activities.
Council participates in the Technical Coordinating Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Study, and
aids in preparation of an extensive "Accident Study" by TCC.
Staff engineer participated in a special safety " task· force" which vi sited four other cities and returned to
make report for traffic improvements in Atlanta.
Through membership in Georgia Industrial Editors' Association, Council's information and education director is making safety material available to many industrial and commercial publications, and getting widescale coverage with employees of many large organizations .
Council coordinated first National Safety Council Home Inventory Program, including two luncheon meetings
to explain and review the program with various participants.
Serving as the local coordinator for the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course , the Atlanta
Council has trained 2,627 students and 215 instructors in the program through June, 1967. Instructors classes
are currently scheduled at the rate of one a month, and industrial classes are reaching many new students.
Special training for Atlanta area deaf drivers was begun and will be a continuing program, utilizing the
Defensive Driving Course.
�ATLANTA
S UI T E \ 13 0
COMM ER C E BUILD I N G
A TL A NTA , GEO RG I A 3 0 3 03
TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
68 8 · 34 11
A Cit izen s ' O rga n i zation Devo te d to Traffic Improve me nt and Acc id e nt Preven t ion
July 7, 1967
Mr. Charles B. Fisher
739 West Peachtree Street, N. E .
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Dear Mr . Fish r !
Mayor Allen referred t o me y ur letter and the atticle from the American
Legion magazine regarding private citizen policing activities . I am sorry
I m so long replying, rut it came while l was out of the city.
The idea of having citizen ..observer "h been tried a number of t ime
including bere in Atlanta some yearo back . Although t agree with the advan tages you point out that the system has, t here arc a number of disadvantages
as well. The most obvious p oblem le that the cit izenn have no legal standing
and their o ervations can be used only as advisory infonnatlon . Each time
this is tried a great deal of criticism a.rises from the public who invariably
interpret this s "vigilaJite" action .
Weighing 11 of the pro nd cone I find that I perso Uy end up coming ck
to the conclusion tho.t policing hollld be le to the police and th t additional
police should be ddcd if
ne d to increa e enforcem nt, rather than using
cltizena who are not able to follow through on th"' violation they o erve and
ose ..s mi --official"
a could
a soorce of publ c irritation.
IPl,a-......
S1ncer y,
Edmu
M
W. Hugh
ging Di
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Allen, Jr.
GEORGE GOODWIN , PRES I DENT
B I LL C. W AIN W R I G H T, MRS . LUC l l...l.E S . HUFFMAN , V I CE PRESIDENTS
C, A, MC NA I R, TREASURER
EDMUN D W. HUGHES, MANAG I NG D I RECTOR
or
�May 25. 1967
I
J
Mr . Frank C. Clapp
l081 Blackshe z Drive
Dec tur , G org
De r Mr. Cl pp:
Thank you !~ your letter of M y 19th
fine thing you. aid about our city.
th
I am fo
rding your l tter to the Atlanta
fiic and S
ty Council and · b. to
ure
t t th y nd t City ork diligeatly
t
rd th improv,
nt of dri • habit
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JAJrlb:r
CC: Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
�March 28, 1967
Mr . Roy V. White
· Ammons . White and Associates
3608 Chamblee Tucker Road
Chamblee, Georgia 30005
Dear Mr . White:
Mayor Allen referred to me your letter concerning the idea of providing helicopter
ambulances for accident victims .. Frankly, there is no doubt in my mind that the
day will come when this is done .
As I am sure you are aware,. the fatality rate per casualty is lower in Vietnam
than in any previous conflict of this type . There .is no question but that the exten.slvc use of helicopters in providing quick treatment for the ,vounded accounts for
this~
As traffic becomes heavier and heavier, the difficulty of reaching the injured and
remo-ving them to the hospital becomes greater and greater.
We ve no figures to accurately Judgo just how many cases there might have
n
where receiving treatment 10 or 15 minutes sooner might have reduced the d gree
of injury or prevented a fatality. I would suspect there were a nu moor of such
cases. A study such as you suggest would be helpful in establls ingthe potential
advantag of such a service, as well a determining ite cost.
My thanks for this suggestion. I hope it might shorten the time until such servic
is e cted.
Sincer ly,
Edm nd W. Hugh
gi g Director
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cc:
yor I van Allen
r. J. W. Pinkston
Grady Hospital
�March 23, 1967
Honorable Lester G . Maddox
-Governor
State of Georgia
State Capitol
Atlanta , Georgi.a 30303
Dear Governor Maddox;
On behalf of the Board of Dii;:ectors of the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council·
I urg-e you to give favorable consideration to signing the Radar Speed Control
Bill . After study in depth by our staff, lam firmly convinced that this measure
11 prevent many u:affic deaths in our State .
Migb.t 1 call your attention to the attached chart , illustrating that Geor · traffic
f. t lities were reaso ble steady (varying .bctwe ....n 900 and 1, 100) from 1950 to
1962. You will note that the tremendous increase from 1963 to 1966 corro,;;:sponds
with the period whe the State lost radar .
In the City of Atlanta lo.st year e r
ched a new high of 106 traffic fatalities.
Compared to the types of accidents which caused traffic deaths prior to 1963,
the entire increas in fatal accidents occurred through leavin the roadway"
and "crossing the center line ~ head-on collision" accidc s. These are both
ypc of .accidents brought about by extremely high speed .
T e existi g bill offers a numb.... r of effective safegu rds against mi
1. lt can only be used h---re the State Traffic Engineering
approved a speed limit,
sed on
engi erlng study.
2. No cases can b~
sou
de for speedin le s t
se:
d Saf ty Division
10 miles over this e
·neeringl.y
speedlimit.
3. It cannot
used close to a change in spe limits, within 30 ys fter the
in speed limits, or o
incline of mor th s ven de e
�Honorable Lester G. Maddox
March 23 , 1967
Page Two
4 . The speed must be mechanically stamped on the ticket hy the radar instru ment.
5 . The jurisdictions using radar must post warning signs to this effect .
6 . In the event of misuse, even with the above restrictions, you, as Governort
may revoke the permit of the jurisdiction using radar.
In light of the above, I am confident that you will see the wisdom of signing this
bill promptly, affording Georgia citizens the advantage of this modem life -sa.ving
equipment .
Sincerely,
George Goodwin
Preside t
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Attachment
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Mr . George Goodwin
Mr . Ray Brokaw
�GEORGIA TRAFFIC DEATHS
1950
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�Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
1130 Commerce Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Telephone: 688-3411 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 9, 1967
Fatal traffic accidents in metropolitan Atlanta during January were reduced to half
the number of January, 1966. The total number of people killed in traffic in the area
was down 30 per cent.
Metropolitan area figures compiled by the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council show
that 26 fatal accidents occurred in the five-county area during the first month of last
year, compared to 13 during January of this year. However, the number of multipledeath accidents this year has been higher than usual, so that 21 died this year in the
13 accidents, compared to 30 last year in 26 accidents.
Council President George Goodwin credited a substantial part of the reduction to
efforts made by law enforcement officers and officials in the five-county area to strike
at the causes of accidents. The governments have been following an accident reduction
program outlined by the Council at the end of the record death year, 1966.
"Police over the whole area are concentrating their enforcement on violations which
have been causing the most serious accidents," Mr . Goodwin said. "I am confident that
this substantial decrease in the number of deat hs and fatal accidents is reflecting the
increase in the quantity and quality of enforcement. "
arrests made, compare
ing January of last year. Speeding was cited in
)
the Council report as the factor most often involved in the 1966 increased traffic deaths.
In the city proper there were 196 fewer accidents during this January than last January,
.;;f-'
/.
�-2The deaths this year included a head-on collision in DeKalb County which killed four,
a three-car smash-up in Fulton which killed four and an expressway bridge ahuttment
accident in Atlanta in which three died.
Only Fulton County showed an increase in the number of deaths so far this year. In
Fulton 11 people were killed in six accidents this January, compared to eight killed in
seven accidents last year.
The accompanying chart shows the five -county traffic death breakdown including a
separate lisiting for the City of Atlanta. Six of the Atlanta deaths appear in Fulton
County totals and one in DeKalb figures.
1967
1966
Deaths
Fatal
Accidents
Deaths
Fatal
Accidents
Clayton C.ounty
0
0
0
0
Cobb County
3
3
9
8
DeKalb County
6
3
9
8
Fulton County
11
6
8
7
1
1
4
3
21
13
30
26
7
5
7
6
Gwinnett
Total
City of Atlanta
�Minutes of Board of Directors
ATLANTA TRAFFIC AND SAFETY COUNCIL
December 28, 1966
The meeting of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council was called
to order at 11 a. m., December 28, in the Board Room of the Trust Company of Georgia,
with President George Goodwin presiding.
Present were:
George Goodwin
G. A. McNair
Alvin M. Ferst, Jr.
Robert L. Sommerville
Wilburn Askew
Gordon Bill
Charles E. Bowles, Jr.
Frank Brandes
Bickerton W. Cardwell
Frank Carmines
H. Talmage Dobbs
Rutherford L. Ellis
Karl A. Bevins
Ivan Allen, ill
Chief Herbert T. Jenkins
Edward White
Edward J. Kelley
Wallace L. Lee
Horace McEver
M. M. Egan
Kiliaen Townse.tld
T. Clack Tucker
Judge Herschel Cole
Edmund W. Hughes
President Goodwin called on Managing Director Hughes to report on the Southerµ Regional
Highway Safety Conference held in New Orleans, December 20, 1967. The Board reviewed
the policy statement from this meeting giving particular attention to those facts effecting
local gover nment participation in the 1966 National Highway Safety Act. Mr. Hughes re-ported that copies of the policy statement had been sent to all Atlanta area Legislators.
Mr. Goodwin reported that a medical and hospitalization plan for the Council and employees
had been recommended by a sub-committee on employee benefits, and that this plan had been
adopt ed by the Executive Committee at their December meeting. The plan consists of life
insurance , hospitalization, medical coverage and major medical cover age. Mr . Goodwin
also r eported t hat a r etirement plan for Council employees is under study and will be
instituted during early 1967 .
The Board approved a mileage allowance for staff employees using their own vehicles t o
do Council business ,. Such mileage allowance will be 10 cents a mile for all under 100 miles
on a single trip and 8 cents a mile fo r all miles over 100. The mileage allowance was
deemed necessary because of the increase in use of employee' s vehicles, particularly in
connection with the Defensive Driving Program.
The Board was told of a planned on-the-job safety program being scheduled for March 16,
1967. Dr. J. L. Rosenstein, Industrial Psychologist from Miami, Florida, will conduct
the program on "Psychology of Accident Prevention and Worker Motivation." The one-day
workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn on the N. E. freeway.
The Board also discussed a proposed billboard program, utilizing a design by an Atlanta
area school child. Turner Advertising Company has reserved 100 billboards, the largest
number ever used for a public service showing in Atlanta. The boards will be up during
the month of March.
�Mr. Goodwin announced that the Annual Appraisal of the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
will be conducted by the National Safety Council, January 19 and 20. He stated that he will
appoint the Appraisal Committee which will review the National Safety Council findings.
The committee will be appointed by telephone.
A special showing of a film on "You and Office Safety" was held for the Board. Board members
were reminded that the Council maintains a film library available to civic and service
organizations as well as to business firms. The new office safety film bas been added to the
library and is available for loan.
Advance copies of the Council's report to Mayor Allen were distributed and reviewed. The
Board concluded that the program as drafted should be presented and the Council should
encourage state officials to carry out those points of the program involving them. Copies
of the report were to be mailed to those Directors not attending the meeting.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p. m.
Respectfully submitted,
Edmund
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Hughes, Secretary
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January 4 . 1967
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�An Accredited Chapter of the National Safety C ouncil
Atlanta, Georgia
Vol. 6 , No. 1
January, 1967
Officials Wage War on Traffic Violators
Atlanta's mayor and other top city officials have vowed
to cut the traffic death toll in half during 1967, after 1966
ended with an all-time high of 105 fatalities.
A report to the mayor, prepared by the Atlanta Traffic
and Safety Council and presented just before the end of
the year, summarized the traffic safety problems of the area
and outlined specific proposals for improvement.
An analysis of the types of traffic deaths which increased in 1966 prompted a call for law enforcement emphasis in the types of violations leading to these deaths.
Atlanta police are concentrating on the offenses of driving under the influence, speeding, red-light and stop-sign
violations.
One of the main points of the report was the vital need
for efforts to restore the right to use radar speed timing
equipment to Atlanta area police. This requires legislative
action, however, and cannot be put into effect immediately.
The 1966 record of 105 traffic deaths in Atlanta exceeded the previous record, set in 1965, by 20, and 1965
had gone over 84 for the first time in 30 years.
Comparing Atlanta with the 31 major cities reporting
to the National Safety Council, only one city shows a worse
traffic death rate through November.
Supe rinten de nt J. L. Mose ley of t he Atlan ta Po li ce Tra ffi c Division points
t o specia l inst ructi ons on t he bla ck board seen by poli ce a s they answer
daily roll call . Empha sis is being pla ce d on vi olations which cau se d the
ma jor inc reases in 1966 t ra ffi c deat hs.
Charts and tables showing the 1966 problem areas and
a list of the key recommendations for improvement appear
elsewhere in this issue.
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The 1·966 trend continued a steady upward climb, 'ending the year with 105 deaths, 20 more than
the previous city tra ffic fotility record high.
Metro-wide Efforts
Follow Atlanta Lead
Enforcement emphasis and other efforts to reduce the traffic death toll in
the metropolitan Atlanta area will follow the same pattern as those of the
city .
The AT&SC "Report to the Mayor"
has been presented at meetings of
METROPOL, the organization composed of police chiefs from the metropolitan area, and MACLOG, the
Metropolitan Atlanta Council of Local
Governments. Copies of the report
have also been mailed to all area
legislators .
The problems of the city and the
area are almost identical. Therefore,
both organizations have vowed all-out
campaigns along the lines announced
for the City of Atlanta in an effort to
stop the needless loss of lives.
All concerned agencies within the
metropolitan area are of the opinion
that only a uniform joint effort can be
success.fol.
�Mayor Calls for Strong Action
GEORGIA TRAFFIC DEATHS - 1950 th rough 1966
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., (C) presides over meeting of officials concerned
with Atlanta's traffic safety to receive Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
recommendations for improvement. Others (I to r) seated at the table
are Pol ice Chief Herbert Jenkins, AT&SC President George Goodwin,
AT&SC Vice-Pres. Bill Wainwright (not seen), AT&SC Managing Director
Ed Hughes, and Police Superintendent J . L. Moseley.
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Portland, Ore.
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Washington, D. C.
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Houston
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ATLANTA TRAFFIC DEATHS
1957 • 1963
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Cha rt shows stea dy trend in state traffic death toll until 1962, when
le gisl ative a ct ion t ook radar speed timing devices away from local enforcement agencies. The sharp increa se since that time points up the
definite need for restorati on of radar as an enforcement and life-saving
t oo l.
A letter t o Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., accompanying the recent
re po rt on traffic safety, outlined the following as the "key" recomme ndations to reduce Atlanta's traffic death rate:
1. Make every effort to secure right to use radar speed timers.
2. Use of radar by State Patrol in the city during interim.
3. Increase and improve police enforcement against speed ing
and driving under the influence.
4. Utilize special side-marked police cars in enforcemen t
plan.
5. Flagrant traffic la w violators causing accidents resul ting in
dea t h should be chargl!d with murder rather than manslaughter.
6. Increase number of traffic enforcement officers.
7. Strict court policies of license suspension fo r speedin g and
driving under the influence.
8. Establish an "accident prevention team" under Traffic
Engineer.
9. Major public education program to be undertaken by Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council for understanding and
support of re port.
10. Special emphasis to reach young drivers through schools.
11. Expand prog ram to cove r metropolitan area through
METROPOL and MACLOG.
12. Enactment by General Assembly of legislation in fields
of drunk driving driver education and driver re-examination.
�NSC Presents First
Home Safety Analysis
The first National Safety Council
analysis of Atlanta's Home Safety Inventory was presented at a recent meeting attended by those who submitted
inventory questionnaires and representatives of PTA
organizat ions a nd
women's clubs.
Richard E. Manuell, NSC Home Safety Director, from
Chicago, presented
the a nalysis and
made recommendaRichard E. Manuell tions for improving
the overall home safety picture.
The meeting, called a "Can-Do-Did"
luncheon, was presided over by Dean
Dickens of the Atlanta Traffic and
Safety Council.
Governor Carl E. Sanders (C) buckled-up a seat
belt to formally apen the affices of the new
Georgia Safety Council in the Hartford Building,
Atlanta. In so doing he coupled together the efforts of the Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council
and t he new state Council, with Atlanta Presi dent George Goodwin (L) and Georgia Council
President Edgar J. Forio holding the ends of
the symbolic safety belt.
The Georg ia Safety Council staff is headed
by Ray Brokaw, Executive Vice-President, with
Max Ulrich as Pragram Director.
Setting the theme for the Presidents' Council as it enters a year of emphasis on safety, NSC
President Howard Pyle was the principal speaker. With Mr. Pyle are: (I to r) Mrs. Elbert Anderson,
President of Presidents' Council; Dean Dickens, AT&SC Civic Affairs Director; and Mrs. Lucille S.
Huffman, AT&SC Vice-President.
National Safety Act Guides Outlined
State and local officials have been
given guides to aid in complying with
the National Traffic Safety Act of
1966. Among suggestions growing
from a meeting of the Southern Regional Highway Safety Conference in
New Orleans in December were:
1. Each state should establish .an
official coordinating body with state,
local government and private sector
representatives to guide the local state
program.
2. State accident records must be
improved, working toward an electronic traffic safety data system.
3. Every state must institute motor
vehicle inspection programs.
4. Driver license re-examination
programs should be established in each
state.
"Music For Modern Americans," featuring Thurlow Spurr and the Spurrlows, a professional musical revue travelling the country under the sponsorship of Chrysler Corporation, will present a unique Driver Education
program for Atlanta area schools on February 23, 24 and 27.
The group of 30 young talented performers incorporates a humorous
safety song and skit and presents a method for safety-conscious teenage
girls to rate their dates as to safe driving attitudes.
5. Each state should begin or expand driver education programs in the
schools, and programs of adult driver
training should be expanded and placed
under proper supervision.
6. Studies should be made of alcohol involvement in traffic accidents,
with states considering "implied consent" laws as remedies.
7. States should adopt uniform rules
of the road.
8. Separate driver licenses should
be established for motorcycles, buses,
trucks, etc.
The federal act provides matching
funds to help states and local governments meet standards of the act, and
provides monetary penalties for tl10se
not meeting the standards.
Indianapolis racing veteran Chuck Stevenson will present a nationally acclaimed Highway Safety Program for Atlanta area high school students
in appearances from March 22 to April 19. The program, sponsored by
Champion Spark Plug Company, is in its twelfth year and has ben presented to over 10 million teen-agers throghout the United States.
Stevenson's basic message is one which draws comparisons between
driving on the speedway versus the highway, emphasizing safety.
�f or Your Safety
The Atlanta Traffic and
Safety Council
1130 Commerce Bldg.
Telephone: 688-3411
.. ... President
George Goodwin ......... ........
Bill C. Wainwright .. .
.. ...... Vice President
Mrs. Lucille S. Huffman
.... Vice President
C. A. McNair .. .. ............ .......... ...... ...... Treasurer
Edmund W. Hughes .. .... .... Managing Diredar
The Georgia Motor Trucking Association in cooperation with the Atlanta
Motor Freight Agents Association has introduced a new comic character, Freeway Fred, with timely tips for truck drivers. Reproduced here is the first of a
series of posters with freeway safe driving tips.
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Legislative Aaion N eeded
Included in the Atl anta Traffic and
Safety Council's report on decreasing
traffic fatalities were fo ur legislative
proposals. They are:
I. T he return of t he right to use radar to
Ge orgia ci ties.
2. Th e impl ied conse nt la w to e nforce drunk
driv ing la ws.
3. Driver Education mad e a vailable in every
publi c school.
4 . Per iod ic re-exa mination for drivers' licenses.
These proposals are endorsed by a
number of local and state organizati ons.
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Traffic Inventory Anal ys is for Georgia before the
Legislative T raffic Safety Study Committee.
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The Atlanta Traffic
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1130 Commerce Bldg.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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