|In 1921, Bebe Daniels was jailed by Judge John Cox, Orange County Judge famous for being an anti-speed crusader. Bebe Daniels travelling the backroads of Orange County failed to realize that the speed limit was 35 and as a result was convicted and she became the first woman to be convicted of speeding in largely agricultural Orange County, and the sentence was 10 days in the old stone jail. It probably did not help her cause when she commented to a reporter: “I suppose if you live in a small town you get like that. I bet 56.25 mph sounds awfully fast if you’ve never driven anything faster than a plow.”** Nonetheless, she deemed Cox “a nice, fatherly old gentleman,” and he summoned photographers to take pictures of the two of them together. The judge ordered Bebe to report to jail on April 16, and allowed her mother to reside in the same cell as her daughter. Bebe Daniels never forgot this incident.
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