Janet Lee

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

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Who is at risk, in a taxi, from partition impact?

Wearing a seat belt cannot protect a front seat occupant from partition injury. 

My spine dented a steel partition when I was rear ended. 

Seat belts might help outboard rear seat occupants from impact, 
but often the center seat has only a lap restraint. That is very bad. 
Wearing a lap restraint allows your torso to jack-knife forward striking the partition with more force than if there were no belt at all. 

So, at best saying seat belt use is the answer is wrongheaded because it won't help 4 out of six occupants. 

Correct the federal safety violations, 
correct the taxi regulators illegal requirements, 
correct the state inspection procedure, to scrutinize partitions for compliance with safety standards.

Our police officers are driving suicide fire-bombs. See http://steven-crowells.blogspot.com/2013/04/partition-related-losses-in-police.html

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