Slain Cabbie’s Family Advocates for Cameras in Cabs

Committee of taxi drivers will study the issue and offer safety classes

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    The daughter of a murdered cab driver made an emotional plea for safety and security Friday to help prevent more deaths similar to her father’s.

    Mir Sahou was killed last month in La Jolla. Sahou may have unknowingly picked up the suspected killer at the San Diego Airport, where he was often dispatched to.

    Slain Cabbie's Family Wants Cameras in Cabs

    [DGO] Slain Cabbie's Family Wants Cameras in Cabs
    The daughter of a murdered cab driver says she hopes new safety equipment will stop more crimes. Artie Ojeda reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 21, 2011)

    That murder has taxi drivers talking today about better safety measures, including camera, panic buttons and thick plexi-glass shields that separate the front and rear seats. Sahou’s daughter supports this effort, she said.

    She attended an MTS board meeting Friday morning to voice these concerns.

    The committee of taxi drivers and owners will study the issue, and also offer safety classes for drivers.

    Fellow cab drivers say they are often concerned about their safety while on the job.

    “The job is dangerous. We’re all constantly in danger of being robbed,” cab driver Sal Nasery told NBC 7 San Diego last month. “We have to watch out for ourselves.”

    Another fellow cab driver said police could be more vigilant to help protect cab drivers in the city.

    Family Mourns Slain Cab Driver

    [DGO] Family Mourns Slain Cab Driver
    A memorial was held for a cab driver shot and killed in La Jolla Tuesday. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011)

    “Now, we are asking ourselves ‘Who is next?’ Our friend is gone. We don’t know who is going to be next now,” cab driver Ali Jillal told us in September.