Today, July 29, 1980, the New York Times features a letter to the editor by Richard Grayson, "Passengers for Sale":
New York Times
July 29, 1980
Passengers for Sale
To the Editor:
Unscrupulous people always take advantage of any new government regulation. Now that Mayor Koch has announced a ban, to begin Sept. 22, on single-passenger cars crossing the East River bridges during rush hours, how long will it be before some enterprising profiteer begins selling inflatable life-size dummies to lone motorists about to enter Manhattan from Brooklyn or Queens?
How will the police check for phony, non-human passengergs? A breathalyzer test to see if they’re breathing? And when government interference in our lives goes this far, who are the real dummies?
Rockaway Park, N.Y., July 24, 1980