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Dateline Wausau, 1939: Careless drivers should beware of traffic vigilantes

5:27 PM, Jun. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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1939: Traffic 'vigilantes' watch for violations

Wausau police would have some extra eyes watching traffic, according to a report in the July 8, 1939, edition of Wausau Daily Record-Herald.

A new vigilante committee of 10 "safety-minded citizens to be known as the Citizens Safety council" was being established with the help of the Wausau Junior Chamber of Commerce. These folks would be on the watch for traffic violations that went undetected by police officers.

For example, the paper suggested, say a motorist "decides to take a chance" when approaching a red traffic signal, scrapes fenders with another vehicle and drives on. The vigilante would send a note about the incident to the safety council secretary, who would send a note to the offender, asking him, "politely, to cooperate in cutting down the accident toll."

Police were not involved and no tickets would be issued, "just a hint that the violation was seen and that such carelessness may easily cause a serious accident," the newspaper reported.

Chief of Police Walter English said that many violations are unintentional and a warning helps drivers be more careful. "The violators who refuse to take the hint of the vigilante will wind up in the police court sooner or later," English said in endorsing the program.

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