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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 3, 1920

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Dec. 3, 1920


The very first open date which the forum committee have, the members of the Chamber of Commerce are in for a real treat as the report of the traffic regulation committee has been ordered by the board for directors as a forum subject for discussion.

The committee which investigated and recommended the regulations consisted of Glenn O. Taylor, George T. Collins and Ralph W. Elden. When their report was received by the board of directors it immediately brought out differences of opinion, a result of which was an agreement that the entire report by made a subject for a forum meeting.

No date has been set upon which this interesting forum subject will be debated and no one as yet has been appointed to present the negative or affirmative arguments upon the regulations as recommended by the committee.

The following is the committees report as submitted to the board of directors:


No vehicle should be allowed to stand longer than 30 minutes in any one place, in the business district, during the busy hours of the day, and Saturday evening, viz.: between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., weekdays, and between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Parking within 20 feet of a corner should be prohibited at all times. ...

Safety for Pedestrians

One vehicle should be prohibited from passing another at a street intersection.

Drivers should be compelled to have vehicle under full control when approaching and crossing an intersection.

Cross walks should be marked with lines painted on the pavement, and pedestrians should be prohibited from “jay walking,” i.e. crossing at intersections in a diagonal direction.

Reckless driving of vehicles should be defined and prohibited, especially at intersections.


A bureau for the purpose of testing and adjusting automobile lights should be established for the convenience of car owners, so that the uncertainties of the state law may be obviated, so far as possible, and car owners may know whether or not their lights are lawful. It has been suggested that the city fire department could easily conduct such a bureau.

No recommendations are made on the subject of regulating the weight of lads which may be hauled over the city streets. The disputed points seem to deal with the question of the maximum carrying capacity of the pavement without injury to it, which appears to be a question of fact to be settled by expert road engineers.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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