Has the New York Daily News Scared You Into Wearing a Seatbelt In the Backseat Of a Cab Yet?

When was the last time you wore a seatbelt in the backseat of a New York City cab?

That's not a rhetorical question -- we really want to know. If you're like us, you literally have no idea. Also like us, for many New Yorkers, it's very possible that the answer to that question is "never."

We don't not do it because of some macho belief that we're invincible, we don't buckle up for a number of reasons -- namely laziness, preoccupation, and our misguided trust that just because the driver's picture is behind his seat, he knows what the hell he's doing.

Leave it to the New York Daily News to rain on our unbuckled parade -- reporter Heidi Evans used the front page of yesterday's edition to tell taxicab horror stories about face-altering injuries caused by people's failure to buckle up.

Take the case of Jane Lee, for example, who Evans writes "learned her lesson the hard way."

From Evans' story:

"Our driver ran a red light, and the next thing I knew, he crashed into another cab making a left," said Lee, 29, who was on her way to a late dinner after leaving work with a friend.

The 5-foot-2 Lee was thrown forward on impact and smashed into the taxi's hard plastic partition. The result: a broken nose, deep lacerations to her face and a cut eyelid.

"My face was completely busted open," she said.

"When the policeman saw me at the hospital, his reaction was, 'Holy crap!' It was pretty bad."

See photos of Lee's face after it was mangled in the wreck here.

Apparently, Lee's not alone -- an emergency room doctor at Bellevue Hospital told the paper there "isn't a week that goes by that we don't see at least two patients with these terrible injuries" caused when their faces smash into the plastic partition in a cab.

We haven't been in a cab since reading Evans' article, but decided that we'll be buckling up the next time we jump in the backseat of a taxi (if we remember, of course -- which we won't).

Unfortunately, we're pretty sure our new-found fondness of backseat seatbelts will fade, and without Lee's face as a daily reminder, we'll again put our mug at risk of colliding with the hard, plastic partition.

What about you? Has the New York Daily News scared you into wearing a seatbelt in a cab, or does buckling up in the backseat remain low on your list of things to worry about?

Cast your vote below.

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Andrea's daughter, Alex, was in a coma for three weeks and sustained brain damage due to no seatbelt worn while sitting in the back seat of a friend's car.which crashed into an illegally parked construction vehicle. Wear the damn belt! Love, Dad


Got rid of my neighbor's dog that way. Sudden stop by Yellow cab. Dog goesWeightless into partition. Time to get new puppy.


This is pretty silly, the comments from the hospital people tell all. It happens every week, it's always someone else that gets it, right? Why not buckle up and let Darwin's law take its toll? If stupid gets ugly it's less likely to reproduce. 


About ten years ago three things happened in a short period of time. Two friends were injured when an SUV struck the cab they were riding in and they were bounced around the back seat. Two friends of a friend both sustained broken legs in a cab crash (they weren't wearing seatbelts). I had my knees slammed into the partition when the cab I was riding in stopped short. Been buckling up ever since.


Lee's face doesn't look that bad.  I mean sure, she's got a couple of cuts and stitches, but nothing too major. Peace of cake.

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