August 27, 2004

Today in Automotive History 1904

Today in Automotive History

1904 A Fine Time

Newport, Rhode Island, imposed the first jail sentence for a speeding violation on this day. This was a harsh sentence in 1904 because traffic laws were still relatively new--the first traffic code wasn't implemented until 1903, when New York introduced a two-page book of regulations. Early traffic regulations varied drastically from state to state, some having no speed limits at all.

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 27, 2004 07:27 AM