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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
  62. Statement by the President on Driving Safety  
June 18, 1945

MOTORISTS throughout the Nation will get an increase in their gasoline rations this week. This
means more traffic on our streets and highways and more danger of accidents with loss of life and
destruction of property.

Upon every man and woman who drives an automobile rests the responsibility of helping to avert
this danger. Each can do his part by driving safely and by keeping his car in good operating
condition.

The average automobile in use today is nearly twice as old as the average car on the highways
before the war. Its mechanical condition is likely to be poor. Its tires are worn and often weak. Its
brakes may be faulty. The International Association of Chiefs of Police advises me that a recent
check-up showed one of every seven cars inspected in the United States and Canada had brakes
that failed to meet minimum safety requirements.

By keeping his car in safe operating condition and by driving it with the utmost care, every motorist
can help in relieving our serious transportation problem and thereby aid further in the whole war
effort.

I am confident, in urging law enforcement officers everywhere to continue and increase their
efforts, that all our people will give their full cooperation and support.
 
Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.