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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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ATLANTA TRAFFIC DEATHS
1957 • 1963
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Left Roadway .... ... ................ 19
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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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James E. Civil s, (standing) National Safety
Council Regional Director, presented the annual
Traffic Inventory Anal ys is for Georgia before the
Legislative T raffic Safety Study Committee.
Committee Chairman Bill Williams is shown
studying t he report, which provided the basis
for man y of the proposals for action being presen t ed to t he 1967 General Asse mbly.
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The Atlanta Traffic
and Safety Council
1130 Commerce Bldg.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Nonprofit Org.
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Atlanta, Ga.
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ATL A NTA JO URNAL
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Administrative Assistant
Mayor's Office
City Hall
Atlanta, GeQrgta 30303

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