Texting while behind the wheel happens all the time. But firing a Muni operator -- that's a rarity.
Muni did the seemingly impossible on Thursday and moved to fire the bus operator who was busted on video sending and receiving text messages while driving a busload of passengers down Divisadero.
It's curious because initially the bus driver was suspended for three days after the Feb. 27 distracted driving incident. The driver has been back on the job ever since, according to KTVU.
Until the media got hold of the video.
KTVU got a copy of the cellphone footage taken by passenger Shawn Higgins, who recorded the driver tapping away at her keypad while navigating the bus down the street. The video went viral among news outlets on Wednesday, prompting Muni officials to take another look.
John Haley, SFMTA transit operations director, told KTVU that the video clearly
shows the driver lied. She had told a supervisor that she had pulled the bus
over to text about a family emergency. But when Muni officials viewed Higgins' video on KTVU, they saw it told a very different story.
"We took appropriate action based on the information
that we had at the time. However, this is new information," Haley says.
"What the video demonstrates is unacceptable behavior."
What Haley means by that is that texting and driving is against the law.
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