If you thought the news surrounding DC Metro couldn’t get any worse in the wake of a horrendous Metrorail crash, the most devastating in the city’s history, you’d be mistaken. A DC Metro worker was caught texting while operating a Metro train, according to NBC Washington.
To view the video of the DC Metro worker texting while on the job inside a Metro train, click here.
As a personal injury lawyer with 20 years of experience representing clients who’ve been severely injured in catastrophic accidents, I find the behavior of this DC Metro worker simply unacceptable. The wounds are fresh from the recent Metro accident which killed nine people and injured over 50. This video highlights the failings of DC Metro to properly enforce a cautious, responsible attitude toward the safety of its riders.
Not only is the worker’s behavior egregious given the recent tragedy, but a train accident occurred in Boston in May which was due to an employee texting on his phone while on operating the train. Boston officials are responding appropriately by working towards a ban of cell phone use while operating city-owned vehicles, according to upi.com.
DC Metro and city officials should immediately implement a cell-phone ban similar to the Boston ban. Not only will it send the message that DC Metro is serious about safety, but it’s clearly necessary given the actions of their employees.
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