The bad news continues for public transportation in and around the D.C. area. After the worst D.C. Metro crash in history, which killed nine people and injured over 40, and two embarrassing videos displaying employees texting and falling asleep while operating Metro trains, new photos surfaced showing an employee reading while operating a bus.
The incident occurred on the “Ride On” public bus system in Montgomery County, Maryland (MD). The bus regularly swerved in-and-out of lanes.
Here’s a news report on the bus driver reading while operating a bus…
"She was looking down for awhile, then would glance up, look down – I couldn’t believe it," said the 34-year-old passenger who took the photos, according to ABC News.
As an injury attorney whose represented clients who’ve been injured in terrible automobile accidents, this type of behavior is simply unacceptable. I’m happy to hear the driver was fired, but additional steps are necessary to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
Ride On officials need to thoroughly examine their training procedures to ensure employees understand the severity of this type of irresponsible behavior.
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