The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 26, 1956 · Page 11
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 11

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, June 26, 1956
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* * * * * * AUTO DRIVERS SAFETY BULLETIN * * * * Hope For "No Fatalities" Among Kossuth Residents Over 4th Holiday LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ASK FOR 'DRIVER CAUTION' TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS A Part Of Their Job They Don't Like County Sheriff Tells Need for Driver Caution In urging drivers lo lake extra care on holiday and vacation Irips, as Veil as in local driving, Sheriff Ralph Lindhorst had this sound advice: "From experience, I feel that one of the greatest checks on accidents lies in just being sensible and careful when behind the wheel. The driver of a car has several thousand pounds of powerful machinery in his hands, and generally he is the "custodian" of the lives of his passengers. He should be careful." "Just such a thing as looking out at the crops and scenery while driving at high speed can be fatal for a driver. In one instant things can happen, A driver should concentrate on !j;s job with BOTH EYES AND MIND. The biggest share of every-day accidents are the result of simple carelessness." Lindhorst continued, "A driver should exercise care all .the lime — even if he is just going five miles from home. Strangely enough, a great many drivers have met quick death just a few miles from home." "As for accident causes, improper passing can be emphasized. Many drivers turn out of their lane to pass, misjudge the speed of an oncoming vehicle, have no place to go, and something just has to give. Generally, on improper passing, more than one vehicle enters the crash." "It will pay you as a driver to be careful — the life you save may be your own." When, Where and How Highway Accidents Occur WHEN ACCIDENTS'HAPPEN — An"y~"lime~biIThe* day or night, of course, but watch out particularly during the period between dusk and dark, just before car lights are turned on. The failing light causes drivers to misjudge distances and speed. WHERE ACCIDENTS HAPPEN — Generally on a straight stretch of road. Where curves are frequent, drivers exercise more caution. When they hit a straight-away, they are inclined to "lei it out", and at high spsed a falal accident can swiftly occur. HOW ACCIDENTS HAPPEN — For the most part, when people let down, are momentarily careless such as trying lo pass when they shouldn't, and in plain language, when a driver elects to "lake a chance". Kossulh County has recorded but one highway fatality so fat this year -» as compared with five deaths at this time last year. The total of recorded highway accidents in the county is less to date than last year. Thus, Kossuth County is one of "Iowa's best" with respect to accident and fatalities on her highways. "But", as one county law enforcement official stated, "we are not resting on our laurels just because our county record is better than it was. There is half a year to go, and highway fatalities have a way of coming in bunches, ti is up to each and every driver to do his part, especially over the 4fh of July holiday that is coming." .». ^..« ,a,;:| <rf, Local law enforcement agencies are not only interested in preventing accidents on Kossuth highways. They are just as vitally interested in seeing that our drivers are careful and protect themselves while on distant trips in this state and in other states. As one official said, "An auto driver can meet w'.th death on the highway just as easily 1,000 miles from Kossuth County — that's why we urge all of you, our friends and neighbors, to BE CAREFULl" During 1955, there were 11 deaths on the highway in Kossuth County. That was one of the heaviest fatality years in history here. A Fatal Accident In addition to the sheriff's office, and in the case of accidents within the city limits, the city police — Iowa stale highway patrolmen are constantly on vigilance to prevent accidents. However, the highway patrol cannot be everywhere at once, and when a driver "gets out of line", a battered wreck such as is pictured above is the result. It is then the highway partol must gather the details — and this is a job they take in stride, but do not like. These uniformed officers have seen not only many battered wrecks of cars, but have gritted their teeth as they ca_me on the mangled remains of what was a few minutes before a living person. State highway palrolmen headquartered in Al- gpna are Dale McBride and Darold Stinman. Charles Simmons is drivers examiner chief here. City Police Urge Caution Over Holiday They say that "one picture is worth a thousand words." Algpna's city police, pictured above, join with the police of all other Kossuth county iowns in lending their voice to the need for caution while driving. While few city accidents get into the fatality class, thousands of dollars in damage is caused yearly by in-town accidents. The city police urge tf you, also, to be CAREFUL. The Algona police force, shown above, includes, left lo right. Ray Krebs, Albert Weishaar, Ernest Hutchison, Chief Albert Boekelman, Richard Groen, and Peter Jorgonson. These men maintain a 24-hour city patrol, in the interests of careful driving. In the cause of emphasizing the need for careful driving, the above picture of an early-morning accident on a Kossuth County highway is certainly worth all the words on this page, when it comes to instilling in the minds of drivers the need for caution. In one brief, horrible instant —a blood-spattered, torn and tortured vehicle, and beside it a blanket-covered body. THINK IT OVER, MR. DRIVER! A Careful Driver Does This HE knows that his car is safe — that brakes, tires, lights, etc., are in top working order. HE knows and obeys all the traffic laws. HE is courteous at all times to other drivers. HE concentrates on his driving, keeps his mind and his eyes on the job. HE lakes a "break" while on a long trip — at Ihe maximum at least every hundred miles. HE does not drink while driving. HE does not continue driving when tired or fatigued. HE makes sure he has ample time to reach his destination, and then he starts out a little earlier so as lo have a good "time margin," HE maintains a safe speed, in line with the flow of traffic. HE watches for and observes all road directional and caution signs. Local Insurance Men Endorse This 'Call For Caution' Auto Insurance Vital, But Can't Save A Life ~""~ Algona insurance men, whose agencies are listed at Ihe righl, are sponsors of this vital and timely message to auto drivers of the area. They are presenting this "warning page" in the hope and Irusl that its words may save lives over the coming 4th of July holiday and during the lime to follow. ^ ^*" Your automobile insurance policy is a precious document to have in time of trouble. Merely a piece of paper, it is all-powerful in thai it can aid in "pulling the pieces back together", and save you from great financial liability. But and this is strongly emphasized by the insurance underwriters listed here — your auto insurance CANNOT SAVE YOUR LIFE. All drivers owe it to themselves and their families lo exercise extreme caution on Jlie highways, lo prevent accidents ond to save hf« dnd lirnb. ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY 206 EAST STAT E PHONE 404 HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY 25 'j EAST STATE PHONE 93 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 NORTH DODGE PHONE 103 PAXSON INSURANCE AGENCY 110'2 NORTH DODGE PHONE 354 BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY 109 NORTH DODGE PHONE 125 RICKLEFS INSURANCE AGENCY STATE & THORINGTON PHONE ?S1-W

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