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Paul V. Coates – Confidential File, May 18, 1960

May 18, 1960, Mirror Cover

May 18, 1960: The Board of Education wants to save money by eliminating the “behind the wheel” portion of drivers’ education classes.  “Those opposing the elimination of driver training predict wholesale traffic slaughter if our leaders of tomorrow don't have practical training in self-preservation on our freeways to go along with their diplomas,” Paul Coates says.

Bonus links: “Signal 30,” a 1959 traffic safety film. This film was so graphic that our high school instructor had us come in on our own time if we wanted to see it. Of course, we did.  And here’s “Last Date,” from 1949, with a maniacal Dick York.

May 18, 1960, Paul Coates

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I remember a film called "Red Asphalt" when I was in drivers' ed in high school in the 70's. That was pretty graphic for the time.


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