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There has been an increase in violence against taxi drivers in countries like the US, UK, and Australia. While it might seem like a case for the police, it was a clothing company who stepped in to help the cabbies. PPSS, a company that makes protective gear like bulletproof vests for "frontline professionals," has created a fabric that they claim is slash-resistant. The material, Cut-Tex Pro, is a "high-density polyethylene that shields the four major arteries against lacerations and subsequent blood loss."
PPSS claims that their Cut-Tex Pro shirts can withstand knives, razors, and broken glass. "The safety of the taxi drivers has to be paramount," Robert Kaiser, the company's CEO, wrote on their blog. "their job takes them to so many places that can be remote, very dangerous and often without any mobile/cell phone reception. The great variety of people they have in their vehicles represent another obvious, realistic and serious threat to the driver."
We're not sure whether to be impressed or scared. Still, somebody should tell 50 Cent to invest in some of these shirts.
· Slash-Resistant Clothing Protects Taxi Drivers from Violent Knife Attacks [Ecouterre]
· PPSS [Official Site]