Do You Fasten Your Safety Belt in a Taxi Cab?

bildeBob Simon, an award-winning CBS News correspondent whose career spanned nearly 50 years and many major international conflicts, was killed in a car crash in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. It was reported by the police that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/12/nyregion/bob-simon-cbs-correspondent-is-killed-in-manhattan-car-crash.html?_r=0).

What about you? Do you wear your seatbelt in a cab? Distracted, rushed, or neglectful, you need to develop the same safety-belt habit for taxis as for cars. According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, if you aren’t buckling up when you’re a passenger, you aren’t alone—around 65% of passengers don’t bother with seat belts when they catch a cab (alternatively, 90% use seat belts in private cars (http://gothamist.com/2011/12/29/do_you_wear_your_seatbelt_in_cabs.php).

The Simon crash “is a tragic reminder to all Americans that the laws of physics still apply to cabs and other cars-for-hire,” says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “Motorists are not magically safer in these vehicles. Too many of us don’t think about wearing a seat belt when we are in these vehicles because we aren’t in them for long periods of time, and we are out of our normal travel routine.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/13/no-seat-belt-violation-in-simon-crash/23354289/

If you have a tendency to be unbuckled in the back seat of a cab or a friend’s car, take the time and effort to form a new habit for yourself and others. Use a buckle-up photo, sign, or slogan as a reminder.

About Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. is principal of Managing Your Mind Coaching and Seminars and is author of Defeating the 8 Demons of Distraction: Increasing Productivity and Decreasing Stress. She is co author of Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD and Helping Adolescents with ADD and/or Learning Disabilities. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Markel served as faculty in the School of Education. She coaches adults and adolescents with ADD and/or learning disabilities and specializes in working with independent professionals, writers, and graduate students.
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