AAA Speaks Out Against Reckless Driving

At the annual meeting of the directors of the American Automobile association at the Hotel Belmont, New York city. November 30, a stringent resolution was adopted against reckless and lawless speeders.

The resolution places the association squarely on record as being unalterably opposed to the unfair use of the highways by criminal and lawless operators of motor driven vehicles, and calls on the various state organizations to secure the enactment of laws which shall rid the highways of reckless and inconsiderate drivers even to the extent of the revocation of licenses and the administration of Jail penalties.

The resolution was prepared by Oliver O. Quayle, chairman of the legislative committee of the New York state association, who stated that recent conditions in automobiling not only warranted, but made such action necessary to prevent repetitions of accidents which have agitated many parts of the country. He intimated that such legislation was being prepared for introduction in the New York legislature at the earliest possible moment.

As the membership of the American Automobile association numbers more than 25,000, its influence should go far towards securing the passage of laws which will protect the public against those who are ruthless and wanton In their disregard of the rights of others.

—League of American Wheelmen. “To Curb Reckless Automobiling” Good Roads Magazine January 1909 :451.

9 replies
  1. rodney
    rodney says:

    Revocation of licenses? Jail time? Come on now, Should we really have to go that far to correct this dilemma?

    I believe so. Primarily of the fact that as users of the all too convenient automobile, we have become complacent in our responsibility to safely operate. Lets not forget that we are given the privilege to be in charge of a WoMD, capable of killing or maiming from one to multitudes.

      • ToddBS
        ToddBS says:

        Well, I wasn’t trying to critique the citation methodology. I was just wondering if this is indeed from 1909. I think the first commenter was reading it as something current.

        I see from the link provided it is indeed 100 years old (strange to look at something from the 1900’s and have it be 100 years old).

        • Eric
          Eric says:

          “I think the first commenter was reading it as something current.”

          And don’t you see the irony in that? One hundred years later, thousands of laws, millions of tickets, yet where are we?

    • Eric
      Eric says:

      A fellow that spent many hours in the AAA library in Heathrow, combing through their old documents and using those documents for research for his book, told me that they have since closed their library to researchers.

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