Clipped From Aiken Standard
Seventy-Seventh CHIEF SPRAWLS ANNOUNCES A SAFETY CHECK To help in -the reduction of traffic 'accidents, which have increased-continuously increased-continuously since .the end of gasoline rationing last year,, Aiken police will cooperate : in the Police Traffic Safety Check, 'Chief J. M. Sprawls- announced announced today. " Beginning May 15th police officers officers throughotrt 'the United -States and. Canada will call the motoring public's attention to the 'important part that defective vehicles vehicles are playing in the highway accident toll. Enforcement officers .will attempt, to make motorists .realize the importance of mairi- taining their vehicles in' 'proper, mechanical condition, according to Chief J. M. Sprawls. Many of our cars are dangerously old, and unless they are given scrupulous mechanical care they will likely to cause accidents, this offieTal reminds. - "The nationwide program being conducted under the sponsorship of the International Association of Chief of Police is most timely", Chief J M. Sprawls said, calling attention to the fact that over fifty (60) persons have, been killed every month on South Caro—Una-streets Caro—Una-streets and highways since the year opened. Over 200 persons have been killed on the streets and highways of our State during the first four months of this year, he reminded. ,.^,--. ,.^,--. For this reason, the car driving public is asked to cooperate and every driver is urged to have his car checked. Drivers who knew that they are driving defective cars are urged, for their own sake and for the safety of others, not to take a chance in driving until repairs have been made. The Police Traffic Safety Check program, as explained by the Chief of Police, is supported by- more than—100 coTporations and national organizations that are in. forested in th« promotion of traffic traffic safety. Chief J. M. Sprawls also emphasized emphasized the fact that during the nationwide nationwide program which begins on May 15th, motorists will be urged to improve their driving and pledge themselves to take nil possible driving precaution at all times. "Safe drivers and safe cars combine to prevent accidents and' save lives", he said. "During 1945, 450 persons were killed and more than 1,800 others injured in South Carolina traffic. This year at our present accident rate, we may expect expect a traffic death to!] of over 600 persons unless wa change our motoring habits. This toll is f rightful; and must he reduced." ''I am ""confident, sai.l Chief .1. JL_Sjprawls that in this rUy' ' ' ~ can do our part of the job as our citizens rally to the program. slogan of "Check Your Driving— Check Your Car—Check Accidents". Accidents".