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100 years ago: Downtown speed limit of 10 mph to be more strictly enforced

October 2, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 2, 1911:

  • "There must be no more auto speeding in Lawrence, according to the orders that Marshal Carter gave his officers this morning. Anyone who is seen speeding on the streets of Lawrence may be taken up by a blue coat and obliged to make his peace with the police judge. There are several auto owners and drivers in Lawrence who have grown careless in observing the city's ordinance regarding the speeding of automobiles, and consequently many serious accidents have only been narrowly avoided. The police department is going to make a determined effort to stop this and it is quite probable that there will be several arrests in the near future. The city ordinance fixes the speed that may be attained on Massachusetts Street to Quincy [currently 11th Street] at ten miles per hour and off this street at fifteen miles."
  • "Officer Joe Daily of the Lawrence police force has taken unto himself a wife. Joe quietly slipped away from his running mate last Thursday night while they were on their beat and returned somewhat later a married man. The blue coat has been keeping his last capture as somewhat a secret but yesterday it leaked out and his friends demanded the cigars. The bride was Miss Belle Harrell of Clinton. The officer and his wife are making their home at 746 New Hampshire."

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Honest, officer! My speedometer must be wrong!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Hey! Officer Joe Daily got married while on patrol!

Chief of Police Tarik Khatib would NOT approve!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 6 months ago

"There must be no more auto speeding in Lawrence, according to the orders that Marshal Carter gave his officers this morning..." Just say "No!" to the prohibition of speed. Just say no to the Nanny State.

FlintlockRifle 3 years, 6 months ago

Yep my gramps got stopped while he was riding his pony """to fast"" don't know if he got a ticket or just stopped, that was one of his stoies anyway----

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah, every once in a while a police officer will fire his weapon a little to quick.

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