Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Clunk, click, every trip

Working in Mayfair in London I get to see a lot of wealthy people in the back seats of their Bentleys. And they are never, ever wearing a seat belt. That's illegal in the UK, but I imagine that these wealthy scofflaws understand that they are unlikely to get into trouble that actually hurts them (the fine for not wearing the belt is £500).

But you can't be a law of physics scofflaw, if you are unrestrained in a car then inertia's going to get you. Just ask Princess Diana. You do not want to be flying around inside a metal box.

Which brings me to taxis. Why do people not wear seat belts in the back of a taxi? When entering a taxi recall Scotty saying "A canna' change the laws of physics, Captain". Put the seat belt on.

And having flown a lot and seen a stewardess go flying when we hit unexpected turbulence: wear the seat belt on a plane all the time. In fact, I think there ought to be three signs in a plane: seat belt (always illuminated), no smoking (always illuminated) and a new "it's safe to get up" sign that goes on and off and is a replacement for the current seat belt sign.

And if you need any more convincing, just ask Jimmy Saville.


Anonymous said...

I always feel a little strange when buckling up in a taxi, but I can live with that.

Another expert to ask would be Derek Kieper, by the way.

Michael said...

Here in Australia it's the law in most states to wear your seatbelt in taxis as well as personal vehicles. Queensland law states that the passenger can be fined and lose demerit points on their own licence if caught not wearing one.

Dustin J. Mitchell said...

At least in Chicago, cabbies are some of the most *unsafe* drivers in town. I suppose that means that the likelihood of being hit by a taxi are reduced slightly when you're in a taxi (there are only N-1 taxis remaining that could hit you), but I'm pretty sure your overall p(accident) increases dramatically.