Bus Drivers Put Thousands of Lives in Danger with Risky Behaviors Behind the Wheel
NBC4 I-Team, part of a California news station, took to the streets to investigate why California has had a record number of bus crashes this year. For three months, they caught on camera the bus drivers of 25 different buses from 6 different bus companies across southern California.
They discovered that the bus drivers where using their cell phones while behind the wheel, speeding, and some buses were inherently unsafe—three of the major causes of bus accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
- Distracted driving was the biggest offense the I-Team found; this including talking and texting on cell phones.
- The USDOT has dubbed this driving behavior as the number one cause of bus accidents.
- The I-Team followed 5 buses from a company called Fronteras del Norte; three drivers were caught using their cell phones (talking and texting) without a hands-free device, and driving only with one hand.
- This violation carries a penalty fine of up to $2,750.
- Speeding is the number two cause of bus accidents, according to the USDOT; the I-Team also observed this to be a chronic problem in the buses they observed.
- In September, a bus was driving so fast over the speed limit, it lost control and plowed through someone’s front yard, injuring eight people.
- Of the 25 buses the I-Team observed, 24 of them were speeding.
- A bus from the company called Da Zhen Tours was clocked at going 93-mph in a 65-mph zone.
- That same company was involved in a crash earlier this year that was one of the biggest of 2013—the bus driver cut off another car and rolled over, injuring 55 people.
- In February, a bus driven by the company, Scapadas Magicas, lost control and slammed head-on into a pickup truck; the company had previously been cited twice by federal inspectors for bad brakes.
- The driver in the pickup died at the scene.
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