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Atlanta Traffic and Safety Council's
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An Accredited Chapter of the National Safety Council

Vol. 6, No. 1

Atlanta, Georgia

January, 1967

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 in-
creased in 1966 prompted a call for law enforcement em-
phasis in the types of violations leading to these deaths.
Atlanta police are concentrating on the offenses of driv-
ing under the influence, speeding, red-light and stop-sign

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 ex-
ceeded 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.

1966 vs 1965

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The 1966 trend continued a steady upward climb, ‘ending the year with 105 deaths, 20 more thon

the previous city traffic fatility record high.

Otticials Wage War on Traffic Violators

Superintendent J. L. Moseley of the Atlanta Police Traffic Division points
to special instructions on the blackboard seen by police as they answer
daily roll call. Emphasis is being placed on violations which caused the
major increases in 1966 traffic deaths.

Charts and tables showing the 1966 problem areas and
a list of the key recommendations for improvement appear
elsewhere in this issue.

Metro-wide Efforts
Follow Atlanta Lead

Enforcement emphasis and other ef-
forts to reduce the traffic death toll in
the metropolitan Atlanta area will fol-
low the same pattern as those of the

The AT&SC “Report to the Mayor”
has been presented at meetings of
METROPOL, the organization com-
posed of police chiefs from the metro-
politan area, and MACLOG, the
Metropolitan Atlanta Council of Local
Governments. Copies of the report
have also been mailed to all area

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
Mayor Calls for Strong Action GEORGIA TRAFFIC DEATHS - 1950 through 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 ot the table
are Police 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.

Over 350,000 Population

11 Months Death Rate
1966 1966
1. Milwaukee ...... . 55 1.9
2. Indianapolis 56 19
3. Columbus ..... 42 2.0
4, Pittsburgh ..... . 42 2.1
5. Seattle, Wash. 0.000500. 71 2.3
6. Portland, Ore. ....ecccccesceneee 59 2.3
7. San Francisco .. 75 2.5
8. San Jose ... 45 2.5
9. Denver .... 75 2.6
10. Phoenix 71 2.8
11. Los Angeles jeiuindnaigiideainesiiseadrivesr SOD) 3.0
12. Washington, D. '€. 85 3.0
13. St. Louis groveenen 84 3.0 i
* one ee ns “198051 $2 83 54 5S S657 58 59 60 $1 52 63 64 65 66
1é. Louisville. 60 31 Chart shows steady trend in state traffic death toll until 1962, when
17. Houston 155 3.2 legislative action took radar speed timing devices away from local en-
18. Baltimore 109 3.2 forcement agencies. The sharp increase since that time points up the
1G.” Sar VARCGGIO. c.ctessaceccuenceees “BT 3.2 definite need for restoration of radar as an enforcement and life-saving
20. New York oo.ccccccccesscseee S41 3.3 tool.
21. Chicago ..... . 300 3.3
22. Memphis . 67 3.3
a Pe ea nt be 3 A letter to Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., accompanying the recent
25 Oakland veces seenemameniaaini ty 35 report on traffic safety, outlined the following as the “key” recom-
26. Detroit Ca al 216 36 mendations to reduce Atlanta’s traffic death rate:
27, Long Beach 56 3.5 1. Make every effort to secure right to use radar speed timers.
28. aa Deg “ ‘ 104 a. 2. Use of radar by State Patrol in the city during interim.
an ees Roba ESE Ree eR AEN Nt a 44 3. Increase and improve police enforcement against speeding
ay. \ New Orleans. * 3] AA and driving under the influence.
; pe a ee ‘ 4. Utilize special side-marked police cars in enforcement
ATLANTA TRAFFIC DEATHS 5. Flagrant traffic law violators causing accidents resulting in
death should be charged with murder rather than man-
1957 = 1963 1966 slaughter.

(Average Year) 6. Increase number of traffic enforcement officers.

No. Percentage No. Percentage 7. Strict court policies of license suspension for speeding and
Pedestrian. oo...ccccccccceceee 25 38 27 26 driving under the influence.
Left Roadway _........... ren de 29 34 32 8. Establish an “accident prevention team” under Traffic
ouale Collision .......... af 7 5 5 Engineer.
ollision With Fixed ‘Object . 4 6 7 6 9, Major public education b
; program to be undertaken by At-
Head-on Across Center Line. 4 6 18 7 lanta Traffic and Safety Council! for understanding and
Rear End Collision 200.000... 3 5 4 4 support of report.
Turning Collision ............0..... 3 5 3 3 : : :
BIE cctscccnyi “9 1 0 0 10. Special emphasis to reach young drivers through schools.
Passing Callision 0 0 1 1 11. Expand program to cover metropolitan area through
Miscellaneous _......., wa Z 6 6 METROPOL and MACLOG.

12. Enactment by General Assembly of legislation in fields
66 100% 105 100% of drunk driving driver education and driver re-examination.

The Atlanta Traffic and
Safety Council
1130 Commerce Bldg. Telephone: 688-3411

George Goodwin oo..c.cecccceeeees President

Bill C. Wainwright ..................Wice President
Mrs. Lucille S. Huffman ........vice President
CL AL MENGE ou. cccccsesessessseesseneseeee Treasurer
Edmund W. Hughes ..........Managing Director

James E. Civils, (standing) National Safety
Council Regional Director, presented the annual
Traffic Inventory Analysis for Georgia before the
Legislative Traffic Safety Study Committee.
Committee Chairman Bill Williams is shown
studying the report, which provided the basis
for many of the proposals for action being pre-
sented to the 1967 General Assembly.

Legislative Action Needed

Included in the Atlanta Traffic and
Safety Council’s report on decreasing
traffic fatalities were four legislative

proposals. They are:

1. The return of the right to use radar to
Georgia cities.

2. The implied consent law to enforce drunk
driving laws.

3. Driver Education made available in every
public school.

4, Periodic

These proposals are endorsed by a
number of local and state organiza-


re-examination for drivers’ |i-

For Your Safety

The Georgia Motor Trucking Association in cooperation with the Atlanta
Motor Freight Agents Association has introduced a new comic character, Free-
way Fred, with timely tips for truck drivers. Reproduced here is the first of a
series of posters with freeway safe driving tips.

Take @ Tip fran FREEWAY FRE...

you CAN help

expressway traffie /

| Wii | (ro 7 "

{ DW,

Two abreast means double trouble —
You might cveate a pile of rubble f

A rule te use as you roll along:
If yeu stay RIGHT you wont go wrong /

The freeways off were butt? fon speed—

Dont be a bottleneck — Take heed!


Slow-poke passiig blocks the lane—

Gives faster trattic fors of paint


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City in the nation?



The Atlanta Traffic
and Safety Council

Nonprofit Org.

1130 Commerce Bldg. U.S. POSTAGE
Atlanto, Georgia 30303 PAID
— Atlanta, Ga.
Permit No, 302

Mr. R. Earl Landers
Administrative Assistant
Mayor’s Office

City Hall

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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