Some wrecks featured mannequin drivers dressed as Satan and bloody corpses as passengers. Children crippled from accidents rode at the again of open cars waving to different kids watching from sidewalks. Washington, D.C., and New York City held parades together with 10,000 kids dressed as ghosts, representing each a death that year. They had been adopted by grieving younger moms who wore white or gold stars to point they’d lost a baby. After World War I, as accidents continued to soar, drivers were being labeled in newspapers as “remorseless murderers,” their danger to public security likened to an epidemic disease.