- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago has launched a campaign promoting respect for the city’s cab drivers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1NSNHfO ) city officials say the effort to prevent cabdriver abuse was prompted by an alleged attack on, and robbery of a driver. They say a female passenger refused to pay the driver, and struck him when he pursued her on foot in an effort to collect the fare.

The city’s campaign urges cab riders to “Be Polite, Not Violent. Respect your Taxi Driver!” It also notes striking a driver is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Business Affairs and Consumer Protection Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek says the city wants to remind passengers public chauffeurs deserve respect. She says if an issue with a driver arises, passengers should report it to the city.

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