Boy, what the news media can do to get your phone to ring. With the rash of reports of freeway shootings in Los Angeles, we have gotten more than our normal share of calls from people wondering where they can find security vehicles and attend defensive driving schools.
Mike Gentry of Texas A&M University’s Law Enforcement Division regularly trains law enforcement personnel in security and evasive driving. Gentry called recently and pointed out that an increasing number of chauffeurs and corporate drivers have entered their Security Training Division’s three-day evasive driving course.
It remains to be seen whether security will develop into an ongoing growth area for chauffeurs. Let’s not confuse what is hopefully a temporary trend among amateur marksmen with the real threat of planned physical danger. We can expect more insight on this situation from security consultant G. Gordon Liddy who will be a breakfast speaker at this year’s Limousine & Chauffeur Las Vegas Show. As you will read in this issue, the show will be held November 21-23 at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Ever-present traffic congestion in Los Angeles is an obvious factor in recent freeway violence and. along these same lines, I will refer to copy that appeared in an advertisement in the Manhattan Beach News. Manhattan Beach is a community four miles south of the Los Angeles Airport.
“Whenever you visit downtown Los Angeles to shop, attend the theater, on business, or for whatever reason, you can make the trip doubly enjoyable by going and coming on a swift, safe, comfortable. Big Red Car. Eliminate the hazard and nerve strain of traffic on crowded streets and highways, chief cause of that fag that so often follows a day in town. Let the motorman be your chauffeur.”
Would you believe that copy came from the August 7, 1931 issue? The Big Reds left the L.A. scene by the early ‘Sixties to be replaced by 700 miles of overwrought freeways. If anyone wants to recycle this ad copy, just paint your limos red and change the last line to, “...let the chauffeur be your motorman.”