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Monday, February 28, 2011

Muni Drivers Reading Newspapers Behind the Wheel. You Mean They Shouldn't Be?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:07 PM

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Today, the Examiner recounted the lengthy list of misdeeds state inspectors observed Muni drivers undertaking. Sleeping behind the wheel. Speeding. Leaping out of a bus to buy food -- sounds like Monday morning commute to us!

They didn't nab drivers urinating in full view of Muni customers. Better luck next time.

One situation that confused us, however, was the accusation that train operators are reading newspapers while driving. You mean that's against the rules?

We've seen Muni drivers perusing the papers while the automated trains glide through the Metro Tunnel more times than we can recall. Indeed, there's a sense of pride knowing the man or woman driving your train is reading your paper -- and your articles!

We're not in the position to discourage any newspaper readers, even if they're operating means of public conveyance. Muni, however, is.

Per the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority rule book, "Reading material shall be kept packaged and out of sight at all times while vehicle is in motion." Also, "Food, beverages, and personal items shall be kept packaged and out of sight at all times."

It remains to be seen if Muni will throw the book at any of its bookworm drivers -- or if they'll pick it up and read it.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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