If you think pepper spray will stop an attack then shouldn’t it also make it impossible to drive a car after being sprayed?
At approximately 6:18 p.m. two women in their 50′s were traveling in a car that was stopped at a red light northbound on Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. Way South at South Graham Street. Two unknown male suspects approached the victims’ vehicle and assaulted both women with pepper spray in an attempt to steal their car. The victim driver ran the red light in order to escape, which was successful.
If a middle-aged woman is hosed down with pepper spray and has the presence of mind, will power, and pain tolerance to drive away and call the police then someone intent on doing harm to you can probably continue the attack. Pepper spray will reduce functionality but it will not put healthy adults out of commission.
Giving an attacker the universal hand signal for “LIE DOWN” may still be required even if you carry pepper spray and should be available if needed.