Police warn motorists not to wear lanyards while driving in case of a crash

Police warn motorists not to wear lanyards while driving in case of a crash
Police warn motorists not to wear lanyards while driving in case of a crash

Wearing a lanyard while driving can make car crash injuries much worse, police have warned.

Following reports of serious injuries involving people behind the wheel wearing lanyards, a police force has spoken out on the issue and detailed some of the accidents encountered.

What could happen if I wear a lanyard while driving and crash?

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said, “This type of accident, fortunately, is unlikely.

“One driver was involved in a minor car accident and was wearing their company lanyard and pass.

When wearing a lanyard, the deployment of an airbag can cause serious injuries (Photo: Shutterstock)
When wearing a lanyard, the deployment of an airbag can cause serious injuries (Photo: Shutterstock)

“The car airbag was deployed on impact and the force of the airbag caused the lanyard and pass to be pushed into the driver’s chest, causing a lung to collapse.

“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, a NHS worker stored a lot of keys on her lanyard for medicine cabinets and lockers.

“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.”

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