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TransLink Drivers Don't Pay for Running Red Lights

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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                                                      SAFETY OF LOWERMAINLAND'S MOTORISTS AT STAKE


A recent investigation has uncovered the fact that Translink ( bus) operators have incurred thousands of dollars in fines for running red lights - but they haven't had to pay them.

In response to questioning in connection with this issue a Translink spokeman said, " It's not about the money, it's about intersection safety and preventative measures."

What ?

Of course it's about the money !

But more importantly, lets take a step back and consider the message that this sorry state of affairs sends.

The message that bus drivers can take away is that they aren't responsible for obeying traffic lights in B.C. 's Lower Mainland.  They can simply go barreling through a red light. After all, they're not responsible for their actions.

Let's take it a step further. Motorists in B.C.'s LowerMainland are now unable to rely on the assumption that a bus driver will stop in the face of a red light.

Where does this seriously flawed situation leave us ?

Best case scenario -  traffic around Greater Vancouver slows considerably because motorist are left guessing whether bus drivers are going to obey the traffic lights at any given intersection.

Worst case scenario -  bus drivers,  no longer bound by the rules of the road, run through red lights with impunity. And the number of buses involved in motor vehicle accidents sky rockets.

You've heard of a win-win situation ? Well, this one is a lose-lose.


Category: Bus Accidents

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