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Friday, April 8, 2011

Muni to Fire Driver Who Was Busted Texting Behind the Wheel

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge This is why you shouldn't text and drive
  • This is why you shouldn't text and drive

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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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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