In April 1915, Maryland passed a law prohibiting drunk driving. "It is desirable for everybody at all times to have a clear eye and brain ... A brain befuddled by booze is in no shape to guarantee safety to passengers or machine ..." The article further notes that "An automobile carefully handled is as safe as any other vehicle but in the hands of a man whose mind is muddled it is an engine of danger." The report notes a 'zero-tolerance' approach because any chauffeur "proven to have taken a drink can have his license taken away from him, and thus be put out of employment." Source: Evening Star (Washington) 29 April 1915



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