Police have shared a shocking image of a car crash victim’s injuries in an effort to stop passengers putting their feet on a car’s dashboard.
The horrifying X-ray shows the pelvis of a front seat passenger who was resting her feet on the dash in a moving car when it was involved in a crash.
One hip is completely dislocated while the other is broken. Reports also suggest she suffered several other fractures to her legs.
Sergeant Ian Price of Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales shared the image to highlight the risks of not sitting properly while travelling.
Here is an X-ray of horrific injuries sustained to the front seat passenger who had their feet on the dashboard at the time of a collision. If you see your passenger doing it stop driving and show them this. pic.twitter.com/f3XCT8ePvi
— 🏴 Sgt 121 Ian Price 🏴 (@DPGoSafeSkipper) January 22, 2020
Posting the picture, which was originally shared on an ambulance service Facebook group, he wrote: “Here is an X-ray of horrific injuries sustained to the front seat passenger who had their feet on the dashboard at the time of a collision.
“If you see your passenger doing it stop driving and show them this.”
He later added: “The objective in my post here is to educate and prevent significant harm to others,” and encouraged other users to share the image.
It has since been shared hundreds of times on social media, with police, medical and fire services around the world among those to highlight the original post.
There is no law against sitting with your feet on the dashboard but the image is the latest example of the dangers it poses.
In 2006 an Irish woman suffered brain damage and had to have the bone in her forehead removed after fracturing it in a crash. Grainne Kealy had her feet on the dashboard of her boyfriend’s Jeep when it crashed and caused the airbag to deploy. The force of the airbag slammed her knees into her face, shattering every bone in her face. A subsequent infection forced doctors to remove the bone from her forehead and replace it with a ceramic plate.