This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
In March of 1936, Junction City and Milford school children were given some good ideas about how accidents could and should be prevented. The four schools in town and the two Milford schools each were visited by the American Legion Safety Caravan as a part of a statewide educational drive to lessen the hazards to pedestrians, motor car drivers and their passengers. Young school children were impressed with the fact they should always stop, look and listen before they cross the street to get a ball. They were advised that when they were riding in the family car, they should advise their speed-loving father that they and their mother would like to live a while longer, so he should slow down the car. Cards that had some rules for driving on State highways were also shared and included: stay on your own side of the road and signal your intention to turn or stop. The Safety Caravan included three white American Legion safety cars and a truck. The Junction City Police Car and a Sheriff’s car also were included in the caravan as well as a wrecked automobile towed by Dennis Steele’s wrecker.
There was no mention about seat belts. Infant seats, air bags or other protections in 1936 that are now required for travel in today’s modern vehicles.
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