Larry Harnisch of the Daily Mirror sent me this article from the February 23, 1920 issue of the Los Angeles Times about a proposal from Captain James McDowell, chief of the L.A. traffic police bureau, to ban female drivers as a way to prevent pedestrian deaths:

From the article:

The article goes on to mention that other proposals include driver education, more enforcement of traffic rules, and more efforts to convict drivers who hit and kill pedestrians of manslaughter, since banning women drivers won’t, by itself, fix the pedestrian-death problem.

I love the dramatic language–current newspapers should use “Saturnalia of death” more often, I think.

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