You probably don’t think about it now but there was a time when drivers didn’t always drive on the right. Early autos had a tiller to steer the auto and it was usually in the center of the front seat. Then when they started putting a steering wheel in cars, some had it on the right.
The Village of Honeoye Falls in 1916 passed laws saying that autos should drive on the right side of the streets. Then to control speeders they set a speed limit in the Village at 18mph. All this was done because of accidents like the second article.
THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES
Thursday, Sept. 7, 1916
Special Ordinance No. 42
Section 1. No automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall be operated or driven on or over any street, highway or alley within the corporate limits of the Village of Honeoye Falls at a greater rate of speed than eighteen (18) miles per hour. this section shall not apply to any vehicle carrying the United States Mail or to any apparatus of the Police or Fire Departments of said Village.
Section 2. Every automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall keep to the right, and when overtaking and passing others shall keep to the left and when turning at any intersection of a street or highway shall keep to the right of said intersection.
Section 3. All automobiles, motorcycles or any other vehicle shall only stop or stand with the right hand side of the curb.
Section 4. No automobile, motorcycle or any other vehicle shall stop or stand within fifteen of any fire hydrant.
Section 5. No owner or driver of any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle shall allow or permit the same to make any unnecessary noise on any street of said village.
Section 6. Any person or persons duly convicted of any violation of the foregoing Ordinance, or any section thereof, may be punished by a fine of not less than One Dollar and not more than One Hundred Dollars.
This Ordnance shall take effect immediately.
Local Boy Injured by Automobile
Gerald Welch, the 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Welch was hit by an automobile and severely injured on Saturday afternoon last.
The following is an account of the accident as prepared by Mr. Michael A. Welch.
Last Saturday afternoon Gerald Welch, aged 6 and his sister Charlotte aged 8, received permission from their mother to go across the street to see Harold Bliss feed his ferrets. After having seen the ferrets, Gerald, accompanied by Harold Bliss was recrossong the street towards home and were in the triangle formed by the intersection of Monroe St. Maplewood Ave. at west end of park, near where the village hydrant stands, when an auto driven by Leon Lord came up Maplewood Ave. going west at a good rate of speed. Arriving at west end of park, he turned his car to the left, apparently to make a short turn to Monroe St. and towards where the boys were. When he saw the boys he turned the car back to right but not in time to save the accident, little Gerald was struck, dragged along and rolled over two or three times by the fender of the car. The car ran nearly to the Lehigh Valley tracks before stopping. Dr. Benham was called and found the little fellow suffering from a slight fracture of the skull, a broken collar bone and several other smaller bruises.