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Mail Tribune 100, May 1, 1922

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The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

May 1, 1922

MOTOR COPS GET TOGETHER, OREGON AND CALIFORNIA

Chief Inspector T. A. Rafferty and Inspector J. J. McMahon, representing the state of Oregon, returned to Medford late yesterday afternoon from a two days’ conference at Yreka between the motor vehicle traffic enforcement departments of Oregon and California, at which the California representatives were Inspectors C. K. Harder, James Morrison and M. L. Britt.

No spirit of antagonism exists between the departments of traffic officials of the two states, and as a result of the conference their efforts will be directed toward a complete cooperation in the enforcement of the motor traffic laws and to extend every courtesy possible to every law abiding traveling motorist.

“Many motorists seem to by under the impression that the main object of the motor traffic officers is to make as many arrests as possible without regard to who the offender may be or what the nature of the offense may be,” said Chief Inspector Rafferty today.

“The object in view is to make the highways safe for everybody and have every motor vehicle properly registered, according to the state law from which the vehicle comes. Arrests are not desired — only observance of the law as a means of protecting life and property is the goal towards which the officers are striving.

“The policy of the motor vehicle departments of the states of Oregon and California and the officers working out of the respective departments is to extend all possible courtesy to residents of the two states who may be sojourning in or traveling through either state.

“All operators of motor vehicles are naturally expected to comply with the traffic laws of the state in which they may be operating, and the traveling public can feel assured of not being subjected to unnecessary embarrassment if an honest endeavor is made by them to observe the laws of the road which are provided for the protection of the public.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

The new ordinance for the licensing and distribution of cream and milk is now in effect and up to 9 o’clock this morning only 20 of the owners of cows who sell milk in the city had obtained their licenses at the city recorder’s office. It is estimated that there are from 60 to 100 cow owners in Medford and outside who sell milk or cream at retail, and the dilatory ones are warned to hurry up and take out their licenses, in order to avoid a fine upon conviction of not exceeding $25, or jail imprisonment of not more than 10 days. The license fee is $1.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com