Mandatory sleigh bell law
Sleigh bells wanted – The Montreal Daily Witness Nov. 22, 1879
Now that winter has come upon us and sleighs are the vehicle of the season, it will not be out of place to urge the police authorities to enforce the law respecting the carrying of sleigh bells. Today we noticed several turn-outs driven along our most crowded thoroughfares without having the usual bells attached. Our slippery streets are already dangerous enough without adding the risk of being run over.