Drivers have been warned against driving while wearing a lanyard, following an accident that left one woman off work for months.
Police officers have publicly declared that wearing a lanyard while driving can make car crash injuries much worse. A Dorset Police spokesman issued the warning, saying:
Of the two highlighted accidents, one driver suffered a collapsed lung after their work pass pierced their chest, while another crash involving a lanyard saw a worker’s bowel perforated.
Had the person not been wearing their lanyard and pass at the time, they would have most likely walked away relatively unscathed.
In another accident, an NHS worker stored a lot of keys on her lanyard for medicine cabinets, lockers etc.
“There have been a couple of serious traffic accidents of note where the wearing of identity lanyards around the drivers’ necks has exacerbated the severity of the injuries sustained. “This type of accident is fortunately unlikely, however staff, officers and volunteers should be aware of the hazard and how to avoid it.”
“She got into her car and was driving home but did not remove her lanyard. “Unfortunately she also had a crash that triggered the airbag. “The force of the airbag caused the keys to perforate her bowel; she was in hospital for more than six weeks and she has been off work now for six months.”