DC cameras catch bus drivers using cell phones – fire 20 & suspend 222

I can personally attest to the fact that the DC metro SUCKS.  It isn’t as bad as LA traffic but it’s not much worse.  Well DC installed cameras facing the drivers that is supposed to be for training purposes.  Well the idiot drivers were caught committing a host of traffic violations:

Aimed at the driver’s seat, the cameras are intended to help train Metro’s bus operators how to better navigate the region’s traffic-filled streets. But they also are catching drivers speeding, driving without seat belts and chatting on forbidden cell phones. The most common violation has been running red lights.

The Metrobus cameras have caught bus drivers misbehaving 1,173 times in that period, prompting 222 suspensions for various infractions as well as the 20 firings.

The $3 million addition of the cameras in the fall has even caused the agency to take the blame more often for bus crashes. Previously about 35 percent of all Metrobus accidents were deemed “preventable,” the agency’s way of saying the driver was at least partly to blame for the crash, Metro Assistant General Manager of Bus Service Jack Requa said. Since the cameras were added, the rate has crept up to 40 percent because the agency is seeing things it couldn’t before. Metro says drivers could have prevented 351 of the 883 crashes that occurred March through June.

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