A Philadelphia bus driver is out of a job after a passenger filmed him texting while behind the wheel of a bus, driving passengers on the New Jersey turnpike.
The bus was traveling from Chinatown in Philadelphia to New York early in the morning as part of a tour company. Several passengers noticed that the driver wasn’t paying attention, putting the 50 people on board the bus in danger. His cell phone was resting on the steering wheel and according to NBC Philadelphia; he was continuously tapping on the device and looking down while driving.
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NBC News brought the video that had been taken to the tour company’s owner, Jeremy Walker, and was appalled by what he saw.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for cell phones,” said the owner, who subsequently fired the bus driver.
This is just the latest in a rash of texting and driving bus accidents. Earlier this month a Tennessee school bus driver was found to be receiving texts and texting just before a fatal crash and in 2013 year a Florida school bus driver was also caught texting while driving children. This Philadelphia bus driver is lucky that all that happened as a result of his poor judgment was a firing.
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