CHAPTER 408

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, an emergency exists in the State of Delaware because of the sudden increases in fatal accidents on our highways; and

WHEREAS, this increase of about 15 percent in highway fatalities has come about in recent weeks, reversing a downward trend in the Delaware highway accident statistics for the first half of this year; and

WHEREAS, highway accidents have increased the hazards of public travel on Delaware roads and have become a pressing danger to the health and well-being of our population, and with the reopening of schools our children will be subjected to increased hazards; and

WHEREAS, highway accidents result from misuse of the public highways by a minority of the motorists using these highways, and such accidents are avoidable; and

WHEREAS, last September an extremely high total-19 highway deaths occurred; now

THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that an emergency exists, and that the public safety is gravely endangered by the recent high level of highway accidents, and that it is essential that all citizens of Delaware and all operators of motor vehicles traversing this state shall exercise extreme caution, and because of this situation, I proclaim the month of September as:

SAFETY MONTH IN DELAWARE

The Delaware Safety Council, the Governor's Highway Safety Committee, and all official agencies are hereby called upon to launch a campaign to inform the public fully on the causes and remedies for the current highway death toll, and take other desirable steps to stop the slaughter on the roads of Delaware.

The Delaware State Police and other enforcement agencies within the State are called upon to cooperate in that campaign.

Every citizen is called upon to make it his individual responsibility to take part in the statewide effort to make Delaware roads safe again, and to hold the line against highway accidents.

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 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-nine and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-fourth.

(GREAT SEAL)

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor

GEORGE J. SCHULZ, Secretary of State