GERMANY: Traffic Reforms

When, thanks to Adolf Hitler, eccentric old Rear Admiral Magnus von Levetzow became Berlin's Police Chief, he announced darkly:

"Traffic must be reformed."

Last week the reform of Berlin pedestrians was well under way as Admiral von Levetzow disclosed that 15,000 jaywalkers have been fined one mark (39ยข) each on the scene of their crimes. Jaywalkers unable or unwilling to pay when caught were jailed.

Another innovation by Admiral von Levetzow abolished Berlin traffic lights "because they slow up traffic." Last week Leader Hitler was reported to be so...

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