1981: How to handle car mishaps, including ashtray fires, kids, and pets

How drivers in 1981 handled 'car mishaps'
How drivers in 1981 handled 'car mishaps'
How drivers in 1981 handled 'car mishaps'
Posted at 6:43 AM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 06:43:34-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Occasionally, newsrooms across the county have what’s called a slow news day. 

I was not in the WRTV newsroom on Monday, Nov. 2, 1981, but my suspicion is that Channel 6 was having a slow news day. 

A check of a log sheet in the WRTV archive shows a story about a car crash, one about inmate population levels, Jack Cottety’s bid to become Marion County Sheriff and this gem: a 1-minute and 35-second story on “car mishaps.”  

Former Channel 6 reporter Barbara Boyd filed a story with reminders of what to do in the event of a minor car emergency. 

So what classified as a car emergency? Unruly kids in the backseat, pets on the front seat and of course, ashtray fires. 

Sit back, buckle up and enjoy a trip down memory lane in this RTV6 throwback.


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