Highway Patrol: Season 1, Episode 3

Reckless Driving (17 Oct. 1955)

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Tragedy results when an impatient traveling salesman refuses to heed numerous warnings concerning his predilection for speeding and taking chances while driving.

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Hugh Sanders ...
Harry Brent
Vivi Janiss ...
Clara Brent
Grant Scott ...
Leo Adams
William Boyett ...
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Irving Mitchell ...
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A program of stepped-up enforcement reduces the accident rate on a new stretch of highway, but fast-driving salesman Harry Brent fails to heed several warnings. On the recommendation of Dan Mathews, the State DMV suspends Harry's license and his wife Clara begins driving him on his sales trips. Clara's cautious style of driving doesn't set well with Harry's impatient nature and the situation comes to a head when she is unable to drive after her glasses are accidentally broken at a roadside diner. Harry makes an impetuous decision to ignore the Highway Patrol's willingness to help and drive them on the rest of the trip himself, even though he has no driver's license. The decision has tragic consequences. Written by Sam Spear

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This episode includes shots of several motorcycle officers and it is interesting to note that, as late as 1955, they were still wearing the old-fashioned uniform consisting of a bow tie and high-topped boots. See more »

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Narrator: Crimes of violence add a serious note to the routine functions of the Highway Patrol. The Patrol moves quickly to aid victims, to apprehend a killer. But in many cases the victims are beyond aid, and the killer is beyond apprehension. In too many cases the killer is an average respectable citizen, and his murder weapon is triggered by a steering wheel. The Highway Patrol wages a ceaseless campaign to prevent this kind of crime.
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The expansion of a four lane highway results in increased number of traffic deaths
29 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the development of a four lane highway in California there is a huge jump in the number of traffic deaths. The Highway patrol decides to increase enforcement of the traffic laws as one means to educate the driving public on the need to follow the laws to avoid accidents. One traveling salesman just can't get the message and he continues to speed and then get a ticket until finally his license is suspended. His wife must drive him to sales appointments and he is frustrated about how slowly she drives. When her glasses get broken and she can't drive, he drives and while speeding is in accident that seriously injures his wife. Of course, the man is distraught but Crawford tells him he just can't feel sorry for him. There are a couple of interesting things about this episode aside from the rather mundane subject matter. No one used seat belts and the Highway Patrol motorcycle officers did not wear helmets. Its funny how use we get to something and it slips our minds that maybe such practices are fairly new. It was also interesting to see that many of California's highways were two-way and four lane highways were under expansion. Crawford's parting words in this show were: "The careless driver is not driving his car, he's aiming it."


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