Friday, July 29, 2011
Cameras on MetroBuses catch drivers chatting on cell phones
The Washington Examiner reports the cameras run continuously, but only retain 12 second chunks of video when the bus makes an unusual move, such as braking quickly or hitting something. That means all those times the MetroBus just comes over in your lane, forcing you to quickly get out of the way sometimes at the risk of other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists, is not even being captured.
The cameras have led to 20 firings and 222 suspensions so far. Furthermore, Metro used to say about 35% of crashes were their fault. With the cameras, that number has increased to an admitted 40%.
The cameras have caught some good things, too. Such as a driver swerving--sending passengers flying--to avoid a four-year-old who had dashed into the street.
Hopefully these cameras will help drivers stay off their cell phones and safely behind the white line on red lights. We have seen some crazy bus driving in our time in this city.
Posted by Insider Media at 10:59 AM