Janet Lee

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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Marc Summers, latest celebrity partition injury victim

It is nothing short of criminal. I mean that literally. The partitions are not up to federal safety standards and makers have been warned. The fix is in though. The USDOT has recently reversed itself on the applicability of federal law to partition performance and construction. It must be that the DOT has been compromised. George Patton died hitting his head on a partition. That was long before 1966, it was 1945 there were no federal standards and it was in Germany. Senator Claiborne Pell endured 70 stitches across his forehead from hitting a partition in the early 80's. Why does the NYC TLC claim they DID NOT require partitions until the 90's when it was the 60's? They have been crash testing with "live humans" for 43 yrs, now they want to injure dummies with the lab crash testing. What a waste. See "midnight9991" YouTube channel for details of trauma surgeons comments about partitions.

1 comment:

Steve Crowell said...

“Whatever goes through the brain of somebody intent on physical violence, partitions seem to stop them.”
Fidel F. Del Valle - NYC TLC CommissionChairman 1991-1995

No, they don’t. Murders are unabated with partition use.

“Those partitions create plastic surgeons’ dream.”
Jack S. Lusk - NYC TLC Commission Chairman 1988 – 1991

Yes, they do. Collision bodily injury losses quadruple with partition use.

“The financial benefit in terms of reduced injuries and loss of life more than pays for the investment in shields.”
Dr. John R. Stone – Urban Studies Professor at NCSU

It does not. Incidentally, how did you measure the loss of life aspect?

“This study makes one implicit assumption. It is assumed that assaults on taxi drivers are a proxy measure of taxi driver homicides. Thus, if shields reduce assaults then it can be assumed that they will reduce homicides.”
Dr. John R. Stone – Urban Studies Professor at NCSU

Murders… disregarded in the study.

“This Agency has no records which count the number of deaths which may have occurred in New York City involving a taxi cab which contained a partition.” (partitions required since 1969 in NYC)

Mimi C. Mairs Special Counsel, Forensic Biology Office of Chief Medical Examiner Legal Department New York City

They aren’t counting those killed by partitions, in collisions and they aren’t counting those killed despite partitions, in assaults.

Some doctors have counted the losses.
In 1996 four surgeons from the Department of Surgery, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center released a report, this is a review of it.
“Craniofacial injuries resulting from taxicab accidents in New York City”
Taxicab accidents are a common occurrence in New York City. This review was undertaken to characterize the nature of craniofacial injuries that result from taxicab accidents
Data were collected on 16 patients who required admissionto trauma or plastic and reconstructive surgery services, after sustaining craniofacial injury as a result of a taxicab accidents.
Front-end deceleration collisions were the most common mechanism of injury.
Fifty-six percent of the patients were thrown against the bulletproof, Plexiglas driver safety divider and sustained an injury most commonly to the anterior midface.
Both bony and soft tissue injuries were common in the entire group.
“Given the high incidence of craniofacial injury, appropriate safety standards for taxicabs must be initiated, including the reevaluation of the utility of the safety divider”

Dr. Elizabeth M. Whelan, ACSH (American Council on Science and Health) President,
“The deaths and injuries attributed to taxicab accidents are highly preventable.

Steve Georgills - partitions dealer. "The safety partition is a device that's used in taxicabs to provide a degree of safety between the passengers that get in a taxicab and the actual drivers. Of course the easiest way to do that is to prevent them from any knife or, you know, gun attacks and it does it quite effectively. These partitions are made by General Electric out of a super strong plastic that's also used for unbreakable windows. It's knife, fire and bullet resistant."

It IS knife resistant. It is flammable. No, it doesn’t provide “a degree of safety”. It is not bullet resistant. If it was, it would still never stop a driver from being shot through the side window.

Luccile Barrascano, security consultant, says 82% of them are shot from the back seat. They separate the bad guy from the good guy.

Partitions protect the bad guy from the driver more than visa versa.