Next time you find yourself cussing under your breath, however, or even aloud, at the driving laws or the police who enforce them, consider what driving was like before there were any laws. The Farmers’ Anti-Automobile Society in Pennsylvania became understandably upset at the increasing number of fatalities at the turn of the century. They decided to take measures to improve driver safety. Night drivers had to stop and send off a Roman candle every mile, wait ten minutes for the road to clear and then proceed while blowing their horn. If the driver still encountered horses, he was required to stop and cover his vehicle with a camouflage cover. If any horse was too spooked to pass his car, the driver was obliged to strip the vehicle and hide the pieces in the undergrowth. Members of the society were also invited to chase automobiles on Sundays, shouting and/or shooting at the drivers and threatening them with arrest.
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