The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 8, 1956 · Page 45
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 45

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 8, 1956
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Can Your CU Pass This Safely Check? WHEREAS, highway accidents take 6n appalling toll in life and property each year, and WHEREAS, it is the duty of all of us, as citizens of this great nation, to protect our families and neighbors by reducing this toll, and WHEREAS, in cooperation with the public spirited organizations who are sponsoring a drive on behalf of automotive safety across our nation. NOW, THEREFORE, as Mayor of our city in order to give the fullest cooperation of its citizenry and businesses to this life protecting crusade, do hereby declare this month of May as SAFETY CHECK MONTH and do hereby request all citizens and businesses to cooperate and resolve to have their automobiles Safety-Checked during this period. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have here unto set my hand and caused the seal of our city to be affixed. This first day of May, 1956 City of Algona Dr. Cameron C. Shierk (Mayor) 1 OUT OF 5 AUTOS FOUND NAT'L SAF About one out of five cars on America's highways, because of inadequate maintenance, is accident-prone. So states the Inter- industry Highway Safety Committee, Look magazine and the National Safety Council, who are cooperating in the fourth annual nationwide Safety - Check program during May which is "Safety Month." The committee based its figure on the results of its 1955 Safety-Checks, in which 1,421,000 cars Avere inspected and 290,000 were discovered to be in need of repair. The inspections were conducted in 422 cities across the nation. This year, .in 1956, Algona has been selected as one of the "check cities." In making its announcement, the committee noted that last year's checks indicated a significant improvement in automobile maintenance. The . 1954 checks, said the Committee, revealed one out of four cars failed to pass the safety-check. However, the safety organization warned against complacency, declaring that there are still far too many inadequately-maintained vehicles and that these vehicles are still potential accident factors. Program This Monlh Committee officials urged motorists to take part in the 1956 Safety Check Program, scheduled to be held this month in hundreds of communities from coast to coast. "Every automobile owner should make it his business to have his car inspected periodically." the Committee said. "This ounce of prevention ran be a factor in reducing the shocking number of fatalities recorded each y,<?ar on our, highways," Safety Checks .Vilal Because the Safety-Check program has become a vital factor in the nation's all-out drive for safe driving and because Algona is one of the 500 safety-check cities, Mayor Cameron C. Shierk, in a proclamation to the citizens of Algona. declared May as Safety-Check month and urges all automobile owners to cooperate with the national sponsoring organizations and the Algona Safety Council by having their cats safety-checked. The Safety-Check item encountered most often in the 1955 Safety-Checks was the failure of rear lights to operate properly. Other critical items, in the order of frequency which needed repairs were observed, were brakes, front lights, exhaust systems, tires, steering, windshield wipers, windshields and windows, horns and rear-view mirrors. Safety Check Lane To Be Set Up In Algona May 11 Algona ha? been selected by the Inter-Industry Safety Committee, Look magazine and the National Safety Council for participation in the fourth annual National Vehicle Safety Check Program for Communities. The program is being conducted on an intensive community-xyide basis in approximately 500 cities across the nation that arc cooperating by urging motorists to take their cars through a thorough check of the ten most vital safety points. In cooperating with the national program, the Algona Safety Council is setting up a safety- check lane in front of the Algona city hall on Friday evening, May 11 from six to nine o'clock. Checking of the cars will be done by local police officers, county officials and slate highway patrol- in cm. The main objective of the safety-check lane is to give all motorists who desire it a free, 10-point check of their vehicles in an effort to increase the number of mechanically-safe vehicles on the streets and highways of our community and decrease the chances of accidents caused by parts in need of maintenance attention. Motorists whose vehicles pass the safety-checks will have a green safety-check sticker placed on the windshield, indicating that it is a safe vehicle — mechanically. No one who ta,kes his vehicle through the safety-check lane and "flunks" the examination is going to be arrested. He'll be given an opportunity to correct whatever is wrong and, when it is, his vehicle will be entitled to have a green safety-check sticker. too. It is hoped by the Algona Safety Council that all motorists in the community will be driving Vehicles with 1 a safety-check {Icon, fff» from •titktrt, traclu Unbroktft on* cUar view ot m>4 k»Mml Working r»«o«r1y. WINDSHIIlt WINKS Work preptrv and wlp« ttoanly. Good tr»od. No , cutt, brultct IXNAUST SYSTIM OulM and tr«» fromUnlu. MORN AudihUforJOO»».t Rear Lights Top List of 10 Check Points That Can Mean Life or Death To You - . In addition to the safely-check line on May 11, law enforcement officers will be making an intensified "spot check" of vehicles .in the area during the month of May which has been set aside as "Safety Month." Vehicles with green safety-check stickers will b r e .able to pass these checks with ^minimum of .delay, . «• . 1. BRAKES: They should stop a moving car in 25 feet at 20 miles per hour, and should take hold evenly on all wheels. Hand brake should be able to hold car under any normal condition. Brake fluid should be kept clean and at proper level, and brakes should take hold before pedal is depressed to within one inch of floor board. 2. HEADLIGHTS: Lights should give maximum light for road and minimum glare. Upper and lower beams should be in good working condition, with lenses kept clean, reflectors bright at all times. 3. REAR AND STOP LIGHTS: All bulbs should burn, and controls should operate properly. Lenses must be clean, clear and free of cracks. Be sure that directional signals are also in good working order. 4. TIRES: Proper inflation should be '•checked.,Treads and sidewalls should be designated unsafe if worn so that fabric shows through the rubber or if there are any cuts or breaks. Signs of uneven wear indicate need for rotation and wheel alignment. 5. STEERING AND WHEEL ALIGNMENT: Excessive play in the steering wheel signifies improper adjustment. 6. EXHAUST SYSTEM AND MUFFLER: Check for rusted or worn spots and leaks that might allow carbon monoxide gas to seep into the car. 7. WINDSHIELD WIPERS: Check for dependable operation. Blades should be live, flexible rubber that will wipe windshields clean. If blades streak, check them. 8. GLASS: All glass should be clean, free of cracks or discoloration. 9. HORN: Should be audible for 200 feet but not so loud as to constitute a nuisance. 10. REAR-VIEW MIRROR: Should give clear •view-of the road behind. A SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL AUTOMOBILE OWNER May Is Safety Check Month! In behalf of the safety of citizens of this community a Safety Check Lane will be set up from 6 to 9 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 1 1 IN FRONT OF CITY HALL through which drivers may voluntarily drive their automobile for a 10-point safety check. Checking of cars will be done by city police officials, county officials and state highway patrolmen. If your car passes the safety check, you will be given a wind- shield sticker to that effect. You will be asked, also, to show your driver's license. You will want a windshield safety-checked sticker for recognition of your part in the May Safety campaign. There will be concen- trated effort by law enforcement officers on spot safety checks during May. Be prepared and have the safety-checked sticker. THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN SAFCTY-CHMKED •• —-Do>c.. ._ _ -MAKE COURTESY YOUR CODE OF THE ROAD LOOK/ Here Is The ID-Point Safety Check: BRAKES FRONT LIGHTS REAR LIGHTS STEERING TIRES EXHAUST SYSTEM GLASS WIND. WIPERS REAR VIEW MIRRORS HORN BE SURE YOU CAN See - Steer - Stop SAFELY! Plan Now To Make Your Voluntary Drive Through The Safety Check Lane May 11, This Message Sponsored by Algona Safety Council No Highway Fatalities In Kossuth County This Year! Let's Keep the Record Clean, Says the Council Green Safety Checked Sticker Will Help With four months gone in the s-ear 19,Mi, there have been no Imihway fatalities to mar the safety record of Kossuth county, according to Sheriff Ralph Lind- Sherifl l.indhorst urges i s-eryone to help keep tin slate 1 clean for the entire year. One way to help, is to have your auto checked for the 10 safety points which are now being stressed th'.-. monlh in cooperation with the national and city safety council campaigns. In comparing the past four i years' record. 1 - of Kossuth count*, 'Sheriff Lindhorst reported that in 195ji there svcre five highway fatalities while in 1953 the figure jumped to 11. It dropped ajjam t . six in 1954 and surged upward > 11 again in 1955. Counts' officials will be doubly leit during the monlh of Mas' in i: el fort to leduce the number i unsafe e;,r.; now diiving the U'hways. l.mdhorst urges all i';> tor:sts to see that their ear has the giein safety-checked sticker the wmH.-hield. It's your sig- of coopeiation in helping io and Kossulh C'oun- ulv in the Algona Safety Record Good Citi/ens of Algona can well be oroud of their city's past safety record In 1953 and 1954 Algona was honored by being on the National Traffic Safety Contest Honor Roll for having complete years without a fatal motor vehicle' traffic accident within the city limits. Three firsts and one second place awards have been presented the city by the Iowa Safety Congress and the losva Department of Public Safety in the All- Iowa Traffic Safety Contest for cities of 5,000 to 6,000 Firsts were awarded in 1949, 1951 and 1953, with a second place award in 1952. In 1954, the city of Algona received a special citation in the National Pedestrian Protection Contest for having no pedestrian deaths or injuries among cities undei 10.000 population. 1955 awards have not yet been announced, but Chief of Police Albert Boekelmun has high hopes that Ak'.on.i will again be a safe's winner. Chief Bockelman also stressed the importance of safety and said that citv lasv enforcement offi- [r.-ei* will be conducting an intensive ,-atety check program during May as svell as their routine checking during the year. Take The Voluntary Drive Through The Safety-Check Lane Friday, May 11 and Be Sure YOU Can Summer Trips Mean Safety Check Time With the advent of summer vacations coming into full swing, every traveler should make sure that his car has been thoroughly safety - checked, which might mean the saving of hi:; ear . . . and his life. Here's the vacation check-list for Dad when the time comes to hit the road: The family car has been taken to the local dealer, service station ,or garage and given a thorough check to be sure it is in perfect and, above all, safe driving condition. Dad has planned his trip with one. ol the many reputable travel service organi/.ations. The best route has been mapped out for him with a list of clean hotels along the route. Traffic regulations of state to be s'is.- iled have been studied, are kept in the cav. A check to see that his morey or travelers cheeks are in his wallet along \yith driver's license, and registration. Baggage packed securely and not obstructing vision. Kxtra set of car keys available. First Aid Kit in glove com- pai tmenl. Games lor children planned in advance to keep them occupied during long hours on the road. Service Station credit cards in i;love compartment. Flashlight with extia batteries in t-love compartment. 10 Fully equipped with kit in trunk. Bike Ordinance Adopted By City Council The Algona city council is also cooperating in an intensified safety program of its own. One of the latest steps taken was the adoption of a new ordinance regulating the use of bicycles within the city limits. The new ordinance provides for licensing of bicycles and explains in detail how a bicycle is to be used and what is required on the bicycle 1'or proper identification. The ordinance, published ia legal form elsewhere in today's Algona Upper Des Moines, basically regulates the bicyclist in similar manner as a motorist with certain other conditions. Tho ordinance, which is similar to other cities, can bring greater .safety to both the bicyclist and the motorist. Parents are urged to help their youngsters carry out the requirements of the new ordinance. 1955 Traffic Deaths Set 15 Year Record Chicago, 111. — The traffic accident death toll in the United States for 1955 was estimated by the National Safety Council at \W. :1M). This is about 8 percent and 2,700 lives greater than the 1954 tiaffic death toll of 35,5B(i. The 1955 toll is the highest since 1941 — the yeur that set the all-time lecord with 39,969. In the history ol automobile travel •- (jnh' two yeais have brought more deaths: 1937 and 1941. SEE 5 T E B R STOP SAF E IY

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