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In an official statement to college publications Governor Charles F. Hurley has made a strong appeal to the students of Massachusetts to lower their highway accident records, especially during the four months in which the Commonwealth is endeavoring to check motor vehicle fatalities on its highways.

The three factors involved in college accidents, says the statement, are speed, fatigue, and inattention, all closely related. "Speed, especially when too fast for the conditions of night driving or stormy weather, often sends the car off the highway at a sharp curve. It is responsible for the killing of many pedestrians because the motorist out-drives the lighted path of his headlights."

"It is fatigue," the release reads, "that causes a driver to doze for a moment, or, through inattention, fail to note a vehicle that has come to a stop just ahead in the same laue of travel. But it is speed, often increasing under these circumstances, that results in the fatal crash."

Truck drivers are spoken of as knowing a lot about the threat and hazard of fatigue, but "college students, who ought to have intelligence comparable to that of a truck driver, even if they lack his experience, appear to pay little attention either to fatigue or speed when completing a long journey at night."

"A most searching investigation of every fatal accident occuring hereafter in which a student in involved" will be made, according to the Governor.

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