Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

September 25, 2008 -

A Honolulu bus driver has been relieved of his duties for playing a handheld video game while operating the bus. The incident came to light after a concerned passenger shot cell phone video of the man, who can be seen playing what appears to be a light-colored Nintendo DS or PSP.

The driver was placed on unpaid leave while the bus company investigates. The KGMB-9 news report features an interview with Denita Waltz, the passenger who took the video:

The whole experience was terrifying. He was continuously playing his video game on the bus. Continuously. At times he was driving, playing with it. At times he was sitting there playing with it. He was a hazard. He was playing his video game. He was speeding on the highway. He had his legs and feet up on the dashboard.

 

It was a very petrifying moment. And when the bus did stop I kept on telling my son, 'Hurry! Get off the bus. Just get off the bus..

GP: It's a good bet that he wasn't playing Bus Driver.

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Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Firing him isn't enough... the passengers should be allowed to drag him from the car and  mercilously beat him out of the gene pool permanently. I'm usually a very compassionate person, but I'm also a Texan and I understand there comes a time when you just have to beat the ever living tar out of someone!

 

Edit: I just reread the article and I have one thing else to say. How as this guy NOT fired? Only suspended? Wow...

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

"He was speeding on the highway. He had his legs and feet up on the dashboard."

How exactly is he driving without touching the pedals?

"GP: It's a good bet that he wasn't playing Bus Driver."

Maybe Desert Bus? =)

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Look, Ma! No hands!

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

 last year when i was visiting my grandmother, buss driver had coffee cup in one hand and Doughnut in another hand. Whats wrong with buss drivers these days?

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Why did they suspended him?  He should had gotten fired for putting people lives at risk like that. 

Moron.

 

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Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Proper due process investigation so that he can't sue them is my guess.

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Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

This is just... i can't even begin to say how freaking STUPID people like this are. Texting on the train, and playing a freaking DS while DRIVING A BUS? And from the article, he's been driving for a pretty long time? The guy deserves to get the shaft.

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Couldn't this guy have at least saved the game before driving? Guess he didn't know that the DS has a sleep mode when you close it up while playing a DS game(if it was a DS), or didn't care.

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Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Same with PSP, just do a quick hit on the power biutton slider and sleep mode.  If you hold it for a few seconds, it shuts it down.

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Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

Oh god. First, that train engineer who might have been texting on the job, and now this...

Re: Bus Driver Suspended for Playing Handheld While Driving

*bangs head against desk*

And I have to be driving with these idiots?  Really I get my licenses when everyone goes bat shit mentally disabled with driving while doing other stuff thats stuipd to be doing while driving? 

 
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