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06/08/05

Cabdrivers Concerned About Overturned Conviction

Cabdrivers around the Coastal Empire are concerned for their own safety after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man tried for murdering a fellow cabbie. They're mostly angry, and definitely seem a bit shaken and worried about the safety of the jobs they have.

Waiting in line for passengers Tuesday, cabdrivers weren't hiding their emotions about Quentin Wright's overturned conviction.

"I don't care what job you're in or who you are, you don't have the right to take someone's life," said driver Veronica Michael.

The Georgia Supreme Court's decision has grabbed the attention of other cabbies. "My mother, of all the jobs I've had, she says this is the one that makes her the most nervous," noted Dale Younger.

"The cabdrivers got to be more careful about who they pick up at night," added James Crawford.

"There needs to be special laws to protect cabdrivers as well as delivery--such as pizza delivery drivers and others--because they go into areas by themselves carrying cash," said Younger.

Wright is still in jail, unable to pay his bond. But the fact that he could be out on this technicality is frustrating for other cabdrivers.

"If they let him out, he could be the next one in my car," said Veronica Michael.

Over the last few years, there have been several cabdrivers shot in Savannah, and at least two died.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com

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