6 - Tues^ March 17,19M Redlands Daily Facts Flashing lights proposed Aufos need new signals fo prevent fog crashes By JACK GERMAIN Pacific Coast News Service SACRAMENTO — California traffic safety engineers, immersed in a full-scale war on the hazards of fog and reduced visibility on the highways, are convinced that America's automobile industry holds the key to their greatest potential vie- ory. But they aren't overly optimistic about chances that the design-conscious goliaths from Detroit will ever open the door. Currently engaged in a four- pronged "Reduced Visibility Study" ordered by the State Legislature, a select committee of traffic safety experts is making a determined effort to solve the mounting problem of traffic accidents brought on by hampered driver visibility. While the task force of safe-^ ty leaders is pushing ahead] "rear end" collision. Too often, 'a minor accident on an open highway obscured by fog leads to a fatal pile-up. And the most frequent cause of this type of accident is the inability of the driver of an oncoming vehicle, because of the impaired vision, to recognize that the car ahead is slowing down, stopping or otherwise creating an obstacle in his [path. With these two critical fac tors in view, the methodical "drattong board traffic cops" reasonably conclude that there just isn't a better place to hang a warning sign than "on the back end of the car in front." Warning System The only practical means of accomplishing this, they feci, is through the development of a „ versatile, dependable warning with important experiments in system that can be built in to roadway warning devices, pa-jevery automobile before itj comes off the assembly line. This approach is neither revolutionary nor radical. The first automobile produced !did not have headlighU for |night driving. One answer might have been to restrict driving to the daylight hours. Another might have been to illuminate every inch of every road in the country with fixed light standards. Logic prevailed, of course. trol activity and public com raunication programs, it has already drawn a firm conclusion that the most effective answer lies in the future design of the automobile itself. Fog Hazard Veteran traffic engineers of the State Division of Highways point out that the roost frequent] and dangerous accident within the scope of the committee's concern is the fog-triggered and the problem was handily I solved by requiring each vehicle to be constructed v.ith headlights. In short order a different set I of problems fostered the development of tail lights to identify the presence of a vehicle from the rear, brake [lights to signal that a vehicle ahead is sharply reducing its speed, turn signals to warn of an impending change of direc- Ition,' and, more recently, backup lights to aid reverse movement. David J. Theobald, one of I the principal project engmeers leading the Division of Highways effort, believes the same 1 formula of logic must apply if [any real progress is to be made in cuttmg down the reduced visibility death toll. 'It would be out of the ques tion," he says, "to install enough roadside signs or other pre-planned, fi.\ed traffic con- itrols to adequately cover every non-fixed hazard of reduced visibility on the highways." Even when we know where the most persistent fog zones I are, and even with the most advanced electronic equip ment," Theobald insists, "it would be impossible to design a fixed warning system that would always be in the right place at the right time." ^Vhat the safety engineers LA. reorganizes its Civil Defense structure LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The city council has overridden Mayor Sam Yorty's veto and reorganized the city's Civil Defense structure, making the chief of police the permanent chairman of a new eight - man Civil Defense and Disaster Board. The council, which last year slashed $209,000 from the mayor's CD budget and cut its staff from 26 persons to 3, overrode Yorty's veto Monday by a vote of 10-3. would like to see is an expan Ision of the tail light-brake light system on every automobile to include one or two more instruments. They would like to see the rear lighting system "sophisticated" to encompass a broader range of traffic situations and to offer more effective penetration of fog and darkness at greater distances. Third Signal They suggest that, in addition to the normal tail light and the brake light, a third signal is needed to indicate when the driver removes his foot from the accelerator at higher speeds. And — most important—they underscore the need for a separate instrument to be acti vated when a vehicle comes to a complete stop, whether by I choice of the driver or fay accident, in short — a built in distress signal. Variations between the four I instruments could be accom plished by changes in color, se vere changes in brightness or [differing flash patterns. Jlembers of the task force committee are confident that, through persistent research, a feasible system can be devised to at least improve what is now a dangerously inadequate situation. But they recognize that it is a long, tough road from the I conference tables to Sacra -I mento to the production lines] of Detroit. The automakers by tradition! are reluctant to yield their free- [dom to control vehicle design, performance and instrumentation. Change is welcomed, but seldom accomplished witboutj some predictable gam on the] 1 sales charts. The fact that California ac -l counts for 12 per cent of Detroit's annual market could help the task force get its point across for improvements in the| rear lighting systems of future] automobiles. Unfortunately, annual high- I way death tallies would seem to imply that Califoraians don't] put too high a market value on I highway safely. And Detroit can be expected] to respond accordingly. Firemen too late LUTON, England (UPI)Four fire engines sped to an apartment from which smoke was pouring. * Firemen broke down the door but they were too late to save a meat pie that was burning in the oven. Answers to key questions about the investor-owned electric utility industry and the all-electric future How will the research by the electrie iadustry affect me and my family? This research is resulting in dozens of "little miracles" that will make your life safer, healthier, more rewarding and more interesting. Low-cost electricity will be there at the touch of your finger (and you won't even have to flip a switch). And new wonders in the all-electric future will help you heat, light, dean, and decorate your home. You'll eat delicious meals, prepared almost as quickly as you can make the selection. You'll scour your pots, keep an eye on the children and even mow your lawn with the help of new electronic wonders. Clean, flameless, low-cost electricity will do most everything but handle your thinking in the all-electric future. And electricity is one of today's biggest bargains. The chart below shows the national cost picture for residential electricity over the past fifty years. AVERAGE PRICE PER KWHR OF RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICITY Met 0- ^^^^ 1 IM tl. 11 1913 1920 1930 1940 1950 I960 What else ia new? Almost everything is new in the electric utility business. New principles of power production are being pushed ahead- One travels ionized gas through a magnetic field—and produces electricity without the need for conventional turbine generators. Another transforms chemical energy directly into electric power; other methods convert heat directly into electric energy. Electricity is efficient and low in cost today. And scores of new developments are on the horizon in the all-electric future! Will there be enough power for my all-electric future? Water water everywhere Today you could actually drink a glass of pure, fresh water produced from the salty Pacific Ocean—at the experimental sea water distillation plant operated by South- em California Edison in connection with its steam-electric generating station near Oxnard. This is just one of the research projects vigorously conducted by Edison and other investor-owned electric companies. But the mainstream of research is devoted to the exploration of new tedmiques, methods and ideas for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. This research is part of the never-ending development of more and more low-cost electric power — and of new waj's to use electricity to make j'our family's life safer, more pleasant, and more rewarding in the bright new all-electric future. For late news on the greatest "treasure hunt" of modern times, please read right. U.S. ELECTRIC ENERGY GENERATION 1 1 . 4 i • If. Hrx. Here's the picture of power production up to the year 2,000. With the aid of research and the world's finest engineers and scientists, Edison and America's other investor-owned electric compaiues stand ready and able to meet in full the future power needs of all Americans. For more details, send for your copy of "The Investor-Owned Electric Utilily Industry'."\Vnte: The Advertising Department, Southern California Edison Company, EO. Box 351, Los Angeles 53, Calif. Southern California Edison SKILL-O-RAMA — Cub Scout Mike Mcintosh receives his quota of Skilt-O-Rama tickets from his father. Or. Richard Mcintosh, general chairman of the 1964 Scout Show. Ticket sales chairman is Wendell Morrissett, left. Mike and other Cub Scouts are now busy with advanced ticket sales for the April 11 Grayback Council crafts exhibit at the BMI building en West Colton avenue. (Photo by Jim Sloan) Scouting-ln-Action Big Skill-O'Rama in plans for next month Sedlands area cub scouts, boy scouts and explorers will display their skills and crafts April 11 during the third annual Scouting-fn-Action show sponsored by the Grayback Oouncil. Theme of this year's show is "Strengthen America — Scouting can Make the Difference." The event is called "Skill-O- Rama." The show will be staged at, the BJfl building on West Colton avenue in the afternoon and I evening. More than 1,600 scouts and cubs will take part. Advanced ticket sales are now underway. Tickets may be obtained from area scouts and cubs. Boys selling the most tickets will win scout equipment as prizes. Every Scout unit in the Grayback Council will have a Skill- 0-Bama display. General chairman is Dr. Richard Mcintosh. V/orking with I him are Col. William Freeman, participation; Wendell Morrisset, attendance; James Sloan, photographs; Dr. Kenneth McKenzie, program; Hep Jensen, arrangements; Don Stiers, judging and awards; George Rohrbach, concessions; Don Goodrich, clean-up; Dr. Eugene White, first aid and safety; and Charles Gulp, public relations. Sheriff's men hold suspects EL CAJON (UPI)—San Diego County sheriff's deputies today held three Torrance residents and a transient on suspicion of being members of a burglary and forgery ring. Arrested Monday in an E! jCajon market parking lot weie Al Stanley Rorabaugh, 24, L. Brian Bidenour, 25, and Linda Grace Waltemeyer, 22, all of 'Torrance. Taken into custody Monday night in the Logan Heights sec'- Sailor killed in mishap on Highway 395 SAN DIEGO (UPI)—One saU- |or was killed and six others injured early today when the car in which they were riding left U.S. 395, overturned and struck an embankment. Killed was Dennis F. Anderson, 19, Escondido. He was stationed aboard the transport ship USS Estes. Yucaipa group to see World Series movie tion of San Diego was the tran sient, James B. Cook. I'm in the phone book A familiar phrase which assures your business associates and friends that they can contact you quickly and accurately bi telephone. Businessmen know the value of personal listings. And, with many companies, it's an established practice to list the names of key personnel below the firm's name and telephone number. It's a modem, courteous way to do business. Personal listings for members of the family are increasingly popular, too, especially with busy high school or college youngsters. For information about this inexpensive service, call your local business office. lifornia Water & Teleplione Company k GROWING LIKE OF MODERN COMMUNIMTIONS The World Scries movie of 1 1963 will be shown following the business meeting of Yucaipa Chapter, American Association I of Retired Persons March 20 at the Yucaipa Elementary [School. It is in sound and color and is narrated by Vince Scully, Dodger announcer. President J. L. Soutter announced that, so as not to interfere with those planning to attend the "Gay Nineties" that 1 evening, the business meeting would start at 4 p.m., instead ol 4:30. Another big crowd attended the monthly hospitality day, at the Grange Hall. Following the' potluck dinner cards and games were played. The dinner was served by Helen Sorenson assisted by Grace Cox, Mary Afflick and Isabelle Knopke. Sumner Farrar, tour chairman, announced that most of the spring tours were sold out but that there were a few seats left for the trip to Joshua Tree |Naional Monument on April 23. A ranger - naturalist will conduct the tour and it is ex< pected to be colorful as it is believed the desert will be in bloom as the result of recent showers. Farrar said Yucaipa would be well represented at Dodgers games. Two busses, .98 and 84- passenger, have been leased for the first two games against the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Pay raise but budget stays same WASHINGTON (UPI)-Maybe it's not just President Johnson's insistence on turning off the lights, but they are saving money somehow at the White House. Regional Director T. Sutton Ijett of the National Park Service confirmed this in testimony made public Monday. He said total outlays for operating the White House will be unchanged next year even though the em ployes were given a pay raise Jan. 1. The budget for running the executive mansion, with its 77 employes, will be $671,000 in the 12 months starting July 1, Jett told a House appropriations subcommittee. This is the same sum appropriated last year.
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