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

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

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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