Janet Lee

Janet Lee
Photo:Janet Lee, injured by a taxi partition.

Friday, April 12, 2019

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Victims and survivors refuse to see "the light". Russian roulette in State Police ranks.

Ed Mahoney, Ellen Englehardt, and Thomas Clardy were all killed by an illegal police cruiser interior partition When they were rear-ended at high-speed in their head struck the partition or the rollbar. They were all Massachusetts State Troopers. Ed Mahoney was killed instantly or perished in the fire. He failed to exit the vehicle.
Ellen Englehardt was severely brain damaged, survived eight years of recovery before she died.
Thomas Clardy was killed instantly on contact with the partition. Attempts to communicate with Trooper Clardys’ widows’ lawyer have been fruitless.
Jason Schechterle was rear ended at high speed while parked at a red light. His cruiser immediately caught fire. EMTs that were on the scene removed him from the vehicle while he was on fire. He is so horribly injured it boggles the mind - what he has gone through in recovery. Jason was a Phoenix, AZ police officer. Jayson and I have communicated by Email. I asked him if he thought fire suppression was a higher priority then addressing the equipment which caused the injury and loss of consciousness. He said yes.
Lowell Russell was rear-ended at high-speed also. Lowell spent months with his neck in traction. His head struck the partition. Lowell was a Tennessee State Trooper. Lowell and I have communicated by email. He ran for State Rep in Tennessee’s 21st district this November. He appears to feel powerless to address the issue.
J. Adams was rear ended while waiting to make a left turn on a 2 lane road in Eastham, Massachusetts. He was rendered unconscious by the partition. He is an Eastham, MA police officer.
He seems, after several conversations, to be unmoved by the issue. He has no lasting injury, so seems satisfied to put it all behind him.
Three dead, three survivors, and nobody cares about the USDOT’s letter of warning to partition manufacturers in 1984 stating they have an obligation to comply.
What is it going to take? I’m tempted to write some letters to officials while eating a beignet.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A simple request for info on the TLC status of crash testing NYC taxi partitions.- "Hey, Ms. Taxi Regulator, Joshi, 'Any thing to say, since the last time in Dec. 2016', about crash testing taxi partitions'?"

It seems extraordinary that I need to make a FOIA request. I
 wil submit such a request, with an additional request for the materials and recordings regarding the matters addressed by Dr. John Sherman concerning partition injuries.

With the doctors' testimony there is ample evidence of danger to ACTUAL LIVE PEOPLE. There is little need to cause further damage and injury to innocent crash test dummies.

New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)
31-00 47th Ave, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY  11101
311 or 212 NEW.YORK (outside the five boroughs)


Meera Joshi

Re: Information Request

Dear Steve Crowell:

I am writing in response to your correspondence that is dated August 22, 2018, concerning obtaining information from our agency. Thank you for writing. 

In order to obtain information from our agency it must be approved by our Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) officer, through our Legal Department. You may submit your request by writing to: NYC TLC, Legal Department, 33 Beaver Street, 22nd Floor, New York, NY  10004. Attn: Records Access Officer, Fax number 212.676.1102. 

Please visit the following link, which provides further instruction on how to submit a foil request http://www.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/records.shtml.

Again, thank you for writing.

Ayesha McFarlane
Division of Licensing and Standards
Correspondence Unit
718-391-5501 Tel
718-391-5699 Fax

Cruiser rear ended

Link here Item

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Open letter to Patriots

Steve Crowell
South Dennis

New England Patriots Football Team
One Patriot Place
Foxboro, MA 02035

Dear Sirs,
I am a patriotic American citizen trying to realize the “American Dream”
\which was explained to me this way. Find a need and fill that need faster or
 better than competitors.
I address this to the players observed kneeling during the national anthem.
Malcom Butler, Lawrence Guy, Malcom Brown and Stephen Gilmore among others.
I admire your pursuit of excellence.
You probably have taken heat for kneeling during the National Anthem. I have
an excellent suggestion that might address police brutality more effectively
than just kneeling.
You have likely heard of the “rough ride” such as the one Freddie Gray got in
Baltimore recently. It is just this kind of institutionalized, nationwide,
cowardly vicious act of police brutality that my efforts aim to address.
I have lobbied for decades trying to have federal standards enforced in the
performance of automobile interior partitions. Most cops are using a barrier
 in their cruisers, installed behind the front seat, which has been used
deliberately to inflict injury to rear seat occupants, they call it… a “cage”.
I was encouraged that the Gray case in Baltimore might have brought attention
to the need for safety law compliance in the way the police ‘equip’ their
vehicles used for prisoner transport. It did not. One might conclude from reading
all the news about the rough ride tactic of abuse that the only thing that can be
addressed is officer behavior. We are told it doesn’t happen that much anymore,
due to cameras becoming more prevalent.
“Officer Behavior” is a factor that will always be in play. I can’t make cops be
nice guys, but I can, with your help, take away the Cages and replace them with
safe, legal partitions.
Yes, I not only curse the darkness, I offer light. I have innovated the design
of automobile interior partitions in a way that happens to be the first that
complies with the law. No exemption exists which allows any variance from federal
standards, not even for the police. You can see from the dates of the following
letters, I have been working on this for decades.
See http://stevencrowell.stevenwarrencrowell.com/2016/12/sept-13-1985-miller-letter.
html for evidence of this.
Some competitors of mine have been notified that federal standards apply to
partition performance.
See http://stevencrowell.stevenwarrencrowell.com/2015/12/us-department-
of-transportation.html for evidence that my identity as whistle-blower
was compromised, the law applies, and the DOT intends to disregard this problem.
I need funding. It’s a tax write-off.

Thank you,

Steve Crowell

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Safety not an issue

Crash test results put off for a year? N.Y. Daily News article

·         NEW YORK
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission will delay crash-test mandate for yellow cabs
DEC 16, 2015 | 12:27 AM
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission will delay crash-test mandate for yellow cabs
The Nissan NV200 (pictured) is one of two yellow taxi models approved for the road. (AP)

Taxi riders are cruisin' for a bruisin' — or worse.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission will delay a requirement that yellow cabs must undergo a crash test with the hard, sharp-edged plastic partition in place — a rule approved in 2013 after doctors told the agency that passengers in an accident face a greater risk of head injury.
Only two out of 15 yellow taxi models approved for the road — including the Taxi of Tomorrow, also known as the Nissan NV200 — have gone through a crash test with the partitions installed. Eco-friendly hybrid models, meanwhile, are exempt.
The rule was supposed to go into effect this December, but low compliance got the TLC to push it off until the end of 2016 to make changes.
Doctors told the Daily News it's common for hospitals to see taxi passengers with lacerations and broken noses, though there are instaances of riders suffering from more severe head trauma.
"The vast majority of the injuries are not lethal, but they're disfiguring and they put people at risk," said Dr. John Sherman, chief of plastic surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Sherman — one of the doctors who backed the rule in 2013 — slammed Mayor de Blasio's taxi agency for pushing off the crash-test rule, which he likened to consumer advocate Ralph Nader's crusade for reforms to dangerously designed vehicles.
The delay, he said, "would be contrary to public safety."
"The forehead and the mid-face hit these change trays and sharp edges and get serious injuries," he said, noting that the Taxi of Tomorrow partition is padded and designed to minimize chance of a rider smacking their head into it.
But taxi passengers risk more than a busted nose. Crash testing shows whether the partition would interfere with an airbag or affect how well the cab can handle a side-impact crash, according to Dr. Charles DiMaggio, professor of surgery and population health at NYU School of Medicine.
"The only way you can evaluate that is by crash test," he said.
He disagreed with the TLC's decision to delay the requirement.
"The message I take from that — I will be using my seat belt in the back seat of a taxi much more frequently, absolutely," DiMaggio said.
Cab Riders United director Michael O'Loughlin said the rule delay is a blind spot in the city's Vision Zero safety agenda.
"Instead of delaying implementation of this important safety standard for yellow taxi passengers by yet another year, TLC should act urgently to expand this important safety standard to protect passengers in all partitioned for-hire vehicles in all boroughs," O'Loughlin said. "Every passenger in every borough must have an equal right to safety in a TLC licensed vehicle."
Taxi officials have tried to get cab passengers to buckle up in the back seat with public service announcements and supporting a law requiring riders to buckle up in the front seat.
But much of the riding public likes to live dangerously, as just 38% of taxi passengers said they buckle up, according to a 2014 survey from the TLC.
TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg defended the delay in the partition crash test rule.
"Safety is not an issue, whatsoever," Fromberg said.
The Taxi of Tomorrow — crash tested with the partition already installed — will be the car of choice to replace cabs that retire starting next year, along with hybrid models. And any car maker that wants their vehicles to join the city's taxi fleet must meet the same specifications.
"Our goal...is to make sure cars with partitions are crash-tested," TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi said in a statement. "And we encourage car manufactures by creating a market."