NJ Bus Company To Suspend Driver For Allegedly Texting At The Wheel

DOVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey bus driver will be suspended after being caught on video engaging in potentially dangerous behavior.

The driver appeared in the video to be texting while driving with passengers on board.

A sign on the bus clearly states that cell phone use is prohibited.

CBS 2 confirmed the driver is with the Lakeland Bus Line out of Dover, New Jersey.


The bus drivers say the company warns them about using cell phones.

“If you got a text, pull over or wait till you get to the last stop, you get a break,” one driver said.

“He should have pulled over. It would’ve been safer for all the customers,” another driver added.

What do you think about texting while driving? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Erik Wood

    Companies whose employees drive…anything need to do more on this front. I think we live in a culture where business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and I think we need to do more than legislate.

    I decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS based texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

  • Nick

    Arrest these stupid sh/ts on the road texting or yapping – for Attempted Murder. And throw them in jail for the same amount of time as any other Attempted Murder charge. The law’s on the books. Enforce it.

  • Michael Greenblatt

    It’s not just bus drivers. Any driver who is calling or texting puts others in danger. I wish the police would enforce the laws that are already on the books. Do we have to wait for a politician or celebrity to be harmed before something is done?

  • bullett

    He should be fired, he broke company policy.

  • Joann Heslin Frucchione

    He’s lucky he’s only getting suspended. I’d fire him!!!!

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