WHEREAS, automobile accidents are taking an appalling and tragic toll on our highways; and

WHEREAS, October, November and December are the most dangerous driving months of the year, with the automobile averaging to kill 800 and injure more than 30,000 Americans each and every week; and

WHEREAS, it is of paramount and vital importance to bring automobile accidents under control in order to protect life and limb of our neighbors, our families and ourselves; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to stem this tide of death and grief, there has been established the Governor's Highway Safety Committee to promote a campaign of enforcement, education and engineering in an effort to halt the terrible loss of life on our own State Highways :

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate Wednesday, September 30, 1953, as


and call upon all our citizens to observe the day by pledging utmost efforts to stop needless maiming and slaughter on our highways, and I do further suggest that Traffic Memorial Day be observed through editorials in the press and on the radio, through the pulpit, school and public gatherings.

Also, that we pause for 30 seconds of silence and prayer at midday to express our grief at the tragic toll in automobile accidents; and that all of us promise to obey the traffic laws of our state in order that this campaign may fulfill its mission.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this twenty-first

(Great Seal) day of September in the year of Our Lord One Thousand nine hundred and fifty-three and of the Independence of the United States of America the One hundred and seventy-eighth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State