Must Stop Racing with Fire Engines
Efforts are to be made in Milwaukee, Wis., to prevent some of the many accidents that have been recorded because drivers of automobiles and other vehicles race with fire apparatus while the latter respond to fire alarm calls.
Chief T. A. Clancy of the fire department has decided that some drastic action is necessary to prevent the increasing danger because of collisions between autos or other vehicles and fire department apparatus, and promises that arrests will be made. An ordinance governing the subject, passed December 3, 1917, reads as follows:
Section 1. There is added to the Milwaukee code of 1914 one new section to read: Section 1231. 1. Any motorman of any street car shall immediately stop his car upon the approach of any fire apparatus when responding to the fire alarm call, and shall keep the car stationary until such time as such apparatus has passed; and the driver of any vehicle, motor or otherwise, shall immediately drive his vehicle as far as possible to the right hand curb and shall keep said vehicle stationary until such fire apparatus has passed. Any person or persons who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $100 for each offense, and in default of payment thereof, by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than ten days nor more than thirty days.”