"The very first gasoline-powered vehicle driven on the streets of Detroit was built by engineer Charles Brady King in 1896. It went as fast as 20 miles per hour, which was described in the newspaper as "tearing along the street at a lively rate, dodging people and teams."
In many ways, Detroit was the first city to transform the streets and the minds of people from the age of horses to the new, fast-paced age of motor vehicles, but it was a battle that took decades to win.Detroit News
"The main cause of motor vehicle accidents was seen as excessive speeding. Until 1909 there was no regulation of street traffic in Detroit. The courts and police decided to address the problem with a simple approach: Set the speed limit to match the pace of horse-drawn wagons, such as 5 miles per hour. Make the streets as slow and safe as they were before cars."
"Joyriders" stole open cars and took off at reckless speeds, typically abandoning the vehicle or destroying it in an accident. "Road hogs," "speed maniacs" and "Sunday drivers" began appearing in the newspapers. "Juggernauts" were cars out of control that plowed through crowds of people waiting for a street car"
Old Law From DMV in America
It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
You must have windshield wipers on your car. (But you don’t need a windshield.)
No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.
It is illegal to shoot jackrabbits from the back of a streetcar.
Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street.
It is illegal to wipe one’s car with used underwear.
Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.
Pedestrians crossing the highways at night must wear tail lights.
Illegal for a woman to drive a car unless there is a man either running or walking in front of it waving a red flag to warn approaching motorists and pedestrians.
If you are drunk and not driving your car, and the person who is driving the car is drunk as well, you may both receive DUI’s.
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