Everyday throughout America, the Overspeeder runs over somebody and "escapes."
That is the way it reads. At present the 'mobile numbers are so small that ordinary
eyes cannot read them, upon a swiftly receding machine, at a distance of a hundred
feet--a distance which the machine has covered before the spectator can adjust
his focus. I think I would amend the law. I would enlarge the numbers, and make
them readable at a hundred yards. For overspeeding--first offence--I would enlarge
the figures again, and make them readable at three hundred yards--this in place
of a fine, and as a warning to pedestrians to climb a tree.
- "Overspeeding," Harper's Weekly, 11/5/1905 (from a letter to the editor dated 10/18/1905)
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