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The New York Times
December 6, 1909

Civic Federation Will Move Their Adoption at Washington Convention.

The officers of the National Civic Federation reported yesterday that tr laws regarding the speed of automobiles would be taken up at the National Conference on Uniform Legislation in all the States to be held under the auspices of the federation in Washington on Jan. 5, 6, and 7.  This statement was made on behalf of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers:

"In fourteen States, as in New York, the maximum rate of speed allowed is twenty miles an hour, with a limit of ten miles an hour on closely built sections of towns and cities, fifteen miles an hour on other sections, and four miles an hour on bridges, curves, and steep descents.  In seven States twenty-five miles an hour is the maximum speed allowed, with limitations ranging in accordance with the locality.  In three states twenty-four miles an hour is the maximum.  The maximum speed in one State is sixteen miles an hour, in five States fifteen miles an hour, and in one State eight miles an hour."

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