Fire Cards for Traffic Violators

Fire Cards for Traffic Violators

Thousands of flaring red cards are being placed on the steering wheels of automobiles parked in front of hydrants and at street corners in Boston, Mass., in a campaign by the Boston fire department to get the owners of cars to observe the traffic ordinances of the city in regard to parking. Members of the Box 52 Association have been authorized to distribute the cards and to report the numbers of the automobile licenses to fire headquarters.

The cards, about six inches long and four inches wide, are bright red with the words FIRE DEPARTMENT in large black letters on one side with the word (over) below. On the reverse side of the card is printed the following:


The operator of this car is disobeying Traffic Rules of the City of Boston, Article 4, Section 6.

“No vehicle shall stop or stand within the intersection of any street, nor within twenty feet) of a street corner, nor within ten feet of a hydrant.”

By so doing, you are liable to interfere with the Fire Department Apparatus in case of fire, and thereby may be the means of causing loss of life or serious damage to property. Please see that this does not happen again.


Fire Commissioner.


Chief of Department.

Police Commissioner.


Superintendent of Police.

The owners of cars whose numbers are reported twice will be summoned into court for violation of the city traflic ordinances.

The plan is working out very well and already beneficial results are noticed although the work has only been underway for about two weeks. All the Boston newspapers endorsed the scheme and commented favorably on the idea in their editorial columns carrying news stories about the distribution of the cards.

The members of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs’ Club have been impressed with the practicability of the plan and a similar scheme will probably be used in many other New England cities.

The idea originated with Box 52 Association which is an organization of “Buffs” or “Sparks,” being composed of citizens who are interested in the fire department and are possessors of fire line badges. The police and fire officials heartily favored the plan and some ten thousand cards have been printed by the city. Fire Commissioner Theodore A. Glynn has appointed Daniel J. Looney, a member of the Boston fire department and secretary of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association, to have charge of keeping the records and assisting the members of the Box 52 Association who make their daily reports to Mr. Looney of the number and location of cars tagged. George F. Cobb, president of the Curtis and Pope Lumber Company, is chairman of the Box 52 committee and will be glad to furnish details of the plan to anyone in other cities who may be interested in the matter.

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