A horrifying X-ray of a young woman’s ‘life-changing’ hip injury has been revealed by traffic cops to warn car passengers against putting their feet on the dashboard.
The woman’s hips were completely crushed when she was involved in a crash while her feet were propped up.
One hip was broken while the other was completely dislocated in the shunt.
Sergeant Ian Price, of Dyfed–Powys Police in Wales, posted the picture to issue a warning so other front seat passengers do not relax with their feet up.
Mr Price said: ‘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.’
The woman in the X-ray did survive but her injuries have been described as ‘life changing’.
Putting your feet on the dashboard is currently not illegal in the UK.
Officers could accuse drivers of impeding the vehicle because the passenger is blocking a side mirror.
Commentators on the Sergeant’s post said they would take note of his urgent warning.
Ken Keeping wrote: ‘I am 60 and have put feet on dash many times in my life… I know I will be stopping it now and will be sharing this post around everyone I know.’
Andy Kelly said: ‘A lifetime of pain for a moment of foolishness.’
And one woman said: ‘I’ve been known to do this occasionally but not anymore!!’
Graham Nigel added: ‘That’s a shocker!! That is enough to take a life, is it worth the risk?’
In 2017, a mother-of-three was left permanently disabled in a minor crash because she rested her feet on the dashboard in Chickamauga, Georgia.
Audra Tatum broke her nose, ankle and four parts of her femur as an airbag threw her foot into her face.
She didn’t have time to consider moving her crossed when the car careered out from the right-hand side.
Chattanooga Fire Department said: ‘If you ride with your feet on the dash and you’re involved in an accident, the airbag may send your knees through your eye sockets.’