Box 6, Folder 10, Document 12

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HUC-6-66
MINUTES OF MEETING
GEORGIA HIGHWAY USERS CONFERENCE
MARRIOTT MOTOR HOTEL, ATLANTA, GEORGIA
June 8, 1966
r bhose present were:
o. C. Hubert, Chairman
William Dal ton, Vice Chairman
Charles Skinner, Vice Chairman
Stephen Styron, Vice Chairman
Harold Budreau
A. R. Brickler
W. B. Bryan
Charles Clynick
Tom Duncan
George L. Evoy
Harry Fox
Elmer George
Billy George
Ed McGill
James Golden
Otis Hathcock
Jack Houston
George H. Jones
Iverson H. Lord, Jr.
Tom Patton
Walter Phillips, Jr.
I:I. Eston Reagan
M. F. Smith
Andy Springer
H. c. Thompson
W. M. (Bil l) Williams
Georgia Motor Club (AAA)
Georgia Rural Letter Carriers Assn.
Georgia Motor Trucking Assn.
Georgia Hotel-Mot~l Assn.
Turner Advertising Company
Portland Cement Assn.
Southern Bell Telo & Tel. Co.
Automobile Manufacturers Assn., Detroit
Atlanta Journal
Georgia Motor Club (AAA)
Georgia Branch, Asso. General Contractors
Georgia Municipal Assn.
Visitor (son of member)
Georgia Mobile Homes Assn. and Georgia
Oilmen's Assn.
Ford Motor Company
Travelers Protective Assn.
Georgia Assn. of Petroleum Retailers
Georgia Tire Dealers Assn.
National Highway Users Conference
Georgia Oilmen's Assn.
Georgia Automobile Dealers Assn.
Atlanta Automobile Assn.
Tr avelers Protective Assno
Atlanta Traffic & Safety Council
Georgia Assn. of Petroleum Retailer s
State Representative, Hall County
Introductions :
The meeting was called to or der by Chairman Hubert, who i nt r oduced Iver son
Lord, Regional Repr esentative of the National Highway Users Conference .
Eleventh Highway Transportation Congress :
Reports of committee re commendat i ons during t he Elevent h Highway Transport ation Congress in Washington, D. c., held in April, were made by members who attended.
Rapid Transit:
Charles Skinner, Chairman of the Legislative Committee, explained a resolupassed by the last Georgia General Assembly that proposed a constitutional amendment to allow the state to help finance rapid transit. The proposed amendment,
to be voted upon in the next general election, declares public transportation of
passengers for hire to be an essential governmental function. It limits the ·
state's participation to not more than 10% of the total cost. The resolution, as
written, does not threaten gasoline tax funds, which by constitutional amendment
must be used for highway purposes.
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HUC-6-66-2
FEDERAL SAFETY STANDARDS
Governor' s Safety Commit t ee I s Tes t imony.~
State Representativ-e W. M Bi ll) Williams ., Chairman of the Governor's Commit tee on Traffic Safety, repcr ·~ed en his commit tee's -t",estimony before a u. s.
House Committee hearing on proposzd federal automobile safet.y legislation.
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The committee hearing was told, Williams said, that a federal agency to lead
the way for traffic safe t y is necessary for unifo~mity . How2ver, Williams added,
Georgians do not want fo dGral con-::.rol; just federal l e adership. The federal
legislators, Williams reported, were told that a cill submitted by Georgia Congressman James Mackay is superior to the administration measure. Williams added, however, that there are portions of the President's bill that the C~orgia
panel agrees with.
Industry's Position on Safety Bills:
James Golden of Ford Motor Company, in Atlanta, predicted that compromise
legislation would come out of u. s. Congressional proceedings on federal safety
standards for automobiles allowing the states to participate in setting the
standards. Golden said industry wants the states to utilize their know-how in
the field of safety when standards are set and that federal authorities should
supervise.
Golden predicted, however, that t he Vehicle Equipment Safety Corrnnis s ion,
which a lready has been setting standards, will not be utilized by t he fede r al
gover nment.
It is wrong to conclude that the s tates have done nothing in the field of
auto safety, Golden said. Then he enmnerated many safety features now on automobiles tha t came about through states actions.
It is also wrong to conclude that the industry has done nothing, Golden .
said . Ther e would be many more deaths on the highways if industr y had not been
attacking t he problem, he said.
Other bus ine s s :
Chairman Hube r t de clar ed that constr uction of per imeter r oads would be a
good alternati ve to r apid t rans it . They would keep thr ough traffic off downtown
s tretches, he s aid, and all ow l ocal t raffi c to f l ow mor e smoothly. He urged the
conference t o cons ider three points f or f uture programs . They are (1) f i nish
perimeter roads, ( 2) start pl anning mor e oute r perime te r r oads, and ( 3) plan f or
additi onal traffic now on freeways, including overbuilding in downtown areas and
extra lanes for other portions.
The Atlanta Automobile Association was approved for membership by the Conference.

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