Taxi driver assault prompts new call for security cameras in HRM cabs
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The president of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association is renewing his call for security cameras in cabs after a driver was assaulted and had his car stolen in Dartmouth.
A 35-year-old driver was assaulted in Dartmouth early Sunday by five passengers who demanded money and stole the cab when the driver leaped out to seek help.
Al DesLaurier said this type of incident happens all too often, and often the situation escalates.
“This is an incident that happens twice a week, you usually hear of gun play or knife play as well,” he said on Monday.
DesLaurier said at least one major cab company in Halifax is taking a serious look at financing the security cameras, but he wouldn’t say which one.
Casino Taxi’s operations manager said they are looking at various options, but nothing is definite yet.
“We’re looking into a lot of things, but nothing is on the horizon yet,” said Brian Herman.
The victim in Sunday’s incident suffered only minor injuries, but DesLaurier said the attack, like so many others, could have been prevented if there was a camera present in the cab.
“A camera could have prevented the assassination of (cab driver Sergei Kostin) over in Dartmouth a few years ago as well,” he said.
DesLaurier said cameras can deter violent criminals, but also provide evidence in court for accidents and assaults against drivers.
“If you have a camera on the dash, that’s the judge and jury right there,” he said. “Even if there’s an accident or if you have a driver that angers someone and a woman says, ‘Oh he touched me’, the camera would end the story.”