CHAPTER 714

STATE OF DELAWARE

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT

DOVER

PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, thousands of persons are killed on the nations highways each year, and thousands more are seriously injured in highway accidents; and

WHEREAS, the toll in human suffering and financial loss is staggering — amounting to 152 lives and an excess of one-half million dollars in property damage last year in Delaware alone; and

WHEREAS, causes of these fatal and personal injury accidents have been directly related, among other things to speeding, drinking while driving and failure to obey traffic safety laws; and

WHEREAS, the period of peak travel on the highways within our State is during the summer months; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Public Safety is making a state-wide effort to decrease Delaware's annual highway fatality rate, and its Division of State Police has been instructed to enforce to the fullest all traffic laws to insure the safety of all motorists and pedestrians in the First State;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RUSSELL W. PETERSON, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the 101 days of May 29 through September 6, 1971, as

101 CRITICAL SAFE DRIVING DAYS

in Delaware and urge all residents and visitors of the State to make a special effort to drive defensively and to conform with good driving practices; and I urge all schools, churches, local governments, civic organizations, and news media to cooperate in the development of special programs stressing safety on our highways; and to give full support to this campaign so as to make the First State the Safest State.