A California woman claims that the driver on her Amtrak bus was texting while driving for most of the trip from San Luis Obispo to San Jose in September. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, took photos to prove her story. Amtrak received the photo and say they will launch an investigation.
“Safe operation of trains and buses is Amtrak’s first priority,” read a released statement. “Texting while operating a vehicle is illegal. It violates Amtrak policy. A violation of this law is taken very seriously by Amtrak and the companies that Amtrak contracts with to provide Amtrak Thruway bus service.”
Amtrak and the Santa Maria city bus service both have a zero tolerance policy for their drivers texting while driving. San Luis Obispo’s transit manager John Webster says it is a policy that is thoroughly covered in driver training and that the drivers are not allowed to be on any kind of phone, even hands free. It is against the policy for the drivers to even talk to the passengers.
What do you think should happen to this driver? Should he be allowed to keep his job?
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.