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Auto Driving / Speed Limit / Highway Deaths / Vehicular Assault #258750

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 12, 1978
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(Studio) Govt. survey on drivers' breaking of 55 m.p.h. speed limit stated. Trans. Department's statement that this is reason for incrd. traffic deaths in 1977 reported; death figs. given. California police report that cars are used as weapons noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Los Angeles, California) Report on drivers' use of cars as weapons, vehicular assault, as police call it. Action is described as driver's using car to assault another car because he can't pass or change lanes. Case of Nina Gonzales and family given as example [Nina GONZALES - describes incident.] [Los Angeles police psychiatrist Martin REISER - profiles typical offender.] Another psychiatrist's blame of movies and television shows for vehicular assault noted; scenes from "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Grand Theft Auto", as well as news team film of freeway incident shown. [KNX Radio traffic reporter Bill KEENE - notes incring. frequency of minor accidents followed by fights.] Police officer's assessment of situation quoted.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Drinkwater, Terry;
Mudd, Roger

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