Executive Order

Executive Order No. 35: (1st Series) Lowering the speed limit to 35 mph

Date: 09/11/1942
Issuer: Leverett Saltonstall
Amending: 1st Series Executive Order 8
Amended by: 1st Series Executive Order 56
Revoked by: 1st Series Executive Order 77

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WHEREAS, the special committee appointed by the President of the United States on August 6, 1942, to investigate the rubber situation and to report thereon, with its recommendations, has found the existing situation to be so dangerous that unless corrective measures are taken immediately this country will face both a military and civilian collapse; has determined that it is necessary to safeguard jealously every ounce of rubber in the country as part of a program of the maintenance of a rubber reserve that will keep our armed forces fighting and our essential civilian wheels turning; and has recommended as one of the measures necessary to safeguard the rubber supply that no speed above thirty-five miles an hour be permitted for passenger cars and trucks:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Leverett Saltonstall, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acting under the provisions of Acts of 1941, chapter 719, section 7, Acts of 1942, chapter 13, section 2(3), (5), and section 3, and all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this order as a measure necessary and expedient for meeting the supreme emergency of the existing state of war between the United States and any foreign country.

Paragraph 1 of Executive Order No. 8, promulgated March 16, 1942, is hereby amended by striking out the word "forty" and inserting in place thereof the word "thirty-five," so as to read as follows: -- 1. No person shall operate any motor vehicle on any public way within the Commonwealth at a rate of speed in excess of thirty-five miles per hour, except as provided in General Laws (Ter. Ed.) chapter 89, section 7B, inserted by Acts of 1934, chapter 382.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eleventh day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty- two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-seventh.

By His Excellency the Governor,
LEVERETT SALTONSTALL

FREDERIC W. COOK,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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