Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why Would You Harass A Driver?

Riders wanting to obstruct, hinder or interfere with the operation or operator of a Metro train or bus in Maryland better do it before Oct. 1 before a new law kicks in that would punish violators with fines of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 90 days. Maryland already has a law protecting Maryland Transit Administration operators, but now WMATA drivers will be extended the same protection.
And if you still want to harass a driver, beware: About one-third of the Metrobus fleet has on-board cameras and all new buses have cameras. In addition, the Metro Transit Police Department has a dedicated Metrobus Enforcement Division and has assigned more uniformed and plainclothes officers to patrol buses.
Are you starting to get the feeling that Metro is watching you during every moment of your trip?
Seriously though, why would anyone want to harass a driver. For better or worse, the driver has your life in his hands.

Photo: daquellamanera

1 comment:

Michael said...

Reason or not, bus drivers get harassed, punched, stabbed, or even killed over issues as trivial as refused transfers. There's a lot of violence against bus operators, and it's unfortunate.

It was one of the reasons cited for eliminating paper transfers. If the card and the electronics are the final arbiter of whether you have a valid transfer, then the bus driver is taken out of the picture as someone to get upset at.

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