NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 31, 1978
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(Studio) Report introduction
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Des Moines, Iowa) Speed limit as saver of gasoline and life noted. Seat belts noted. As limit exceeded, highway death rise observed. Iowa fatality drop reported [Trooper Ed OELKE - says fast drivers now are those hitting 65 or 70.] Arrest shown. [DRIVER - admits breaking law and being liable to penalty.] Truck drivers said opposed to limit. [Truck DRIVER - complains of economic effect.] CB radios' role noted. Use of airplanes by police reported Arrest due to airplane report shown. State enforcement of law said contingent on receipt of federal highway funds. Iowa procedure explained. [Iowa attorney Richard TURNER - would increase limit to 65.] [Public Safety Cmsn. Charles LARSON - opposes increase in speed limit.] Saving of life said strong argument for 55 limit.
REPORTER: Georgette Bennett