All Pleasure Driving Ruled Out

January 7, 1943

In the most drastic emergency move yet taken to hold the use of gasoline to strictly essential purposes, the Government outlawed all pleasure driving in the Eastern States effective at noon today (Thursday).

Until official regulations can be issued, the term “pleasure driving” is given the broad meaning of all driving not strictly essential. Unless they can show valid reason to law enforcement officers for being on the road, motorists should refrain from driving until the ban is lifted, or until detailed regulations are made public.

The first announcement said that driving to work and when the individual lives beyond walking distance, driving to church or the the store would be permitted. Driving to amusement places or social activities is absolutely forbidden.

The ban applies equally to holders of the “A” “B” and “C” books.

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