Who ya gonna believe, Ohio History Central or the U.S. Census Bureau?
Google it and you will find that the Bureau wins hands down. Because? The feds invariably trump any state, watch it buster our badges are bigger? Well, could be. But, as this is an objective, unbiased report, I shall simply lay out the evidence (yikes, I almost said “facts”) and let you, the almighty reader, decide for yerself.
Evidence: The Census report is cited by everyone else.
Question: Everyone else but...?
Answer: So far as Evidence Clearinghouse has determined, everyone else but Ohio History Central, which claims, to wit: “The world's first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio in 1904.” Details? Here y'are: “...the first speeding ticket for an automobile driver. In 1904, Dayton, Ohio, police ticketed Harry Myers for going twelve miles per hour on West Third Street.”
Seems pretty definitive, I agree. But here's what our friends at Census tell us, as referenced on the blogsite Ask MJ : "May 20th, 1899, Jacob German (a New York City cab driver) was arrested for speeding. He was also driving 12 miles per hour, down Lexington street in Manhattan. He was imprisoned in the East 22nd Street station house. He didn’t have to surrender his registration and license, as those weren’t required by law until 1901 in New York."
But waitaminute. MJ has dug a little deeper than the myriad other sources that burbled up on Google. Here's whatimean: MJ explains that Harry's ticket was the “first recorded paper ticket” issued for speeding. Evidently paper tickets hadn't been invented when New York's finest pulled Jacob into history.
So there ya have it, speed demons. On this day 111 years ago the loooong irritating, revenue-generating nightmare began. Soon, people, soon, I do hereby promise, Evidence Clearinghouse will blog about the day the radar detector stymied its first smirking, sneering quota-seeking, despicable, wife-beating, donut-stealing, halitosis emitting hidden speedtrap enforcement bureaucrat.
Until then, demons, drive like the wind, BUT keep an eye on your rear view mirrors.
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