Guess that no texting memo hasn't been circulated yet. From a reader who would like to remain anonymous. They are planning to contact Metro about the event.
Today at about 3:30, I was on the 25A, and saw the driver texting while behind the wheel.Other items:
He first moved the sun visor up and over the camera located above the driver to block it and proceeded to take his phone out of his shirt pocket and text on the left side of the steering wheel. There is also another camera on the bus to monitor passengers, but I don't know if the driver is visible from that one.
The visor made a loud noise when he first started to move it, and he looked up in his large mirror that's above him to see if anyone noticed. I was wearing sunglasses, so he didn't know exactly where I was looking.
And through that large mirror where he can see everything on the bus, passengers can also see a lot.
Once he saw no one really "flinched," he continued.
We were moving (turning, also) while the phone was being read and buttons were pushed. This went on for at least 5 minutes, but I got off the bus.
The bus was rather empty, so I'm not sure if anyone else saw.
There was no apparent weaving or other behaviour associated with distracted driving.
I guess it could have been business related, but if Metro is using texting as a way to get a hold of bus drivers while they are working, that is certainly a technique that needs to be reevaluated. I also highly doubt that it was business related due to the way he went about it.
The most telling part of this was the visor moving and also when he put the phone away at certain stops when passengers were going to get on the bus, he would make a stretching motion and drop the phone in his shirt pocket.
It's amazing that I was able to see everything through the mirror, but it was really disgusting and disturbing to me so I had to say something.
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