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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is planning to install panic buttons in all of its cabs by December.
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The D.C. Taxicab Commission is planning to install panic buttons in all of its cabs by December.

District officials are warning residents and visitors about a rise in physical violence by taxicab drivers in the city. Seven taxicab passengers have allegedly been attacked by their drivers in the past few weeks, a trend first reported by WJLA last week..

In at least one event, a woman was reportedly dragged from a cab by the ankles, D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron Linton told ABC7 News. Although it's unclear how the altercations got started, it's reported that six of the seven attacks have been on women. The drivers involved have been arrested.

In response to the attacks, Linton says panic buttons will be installed in D.C. cabs by December.

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