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A recent announcement was made by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which indicated that bus drivers will be heavily scrutinized in the coming weeks and months over their behavior and actions behind the wheel of a bus. The goal of the crackdown is to snuff out poor driving behavior, such as running red lights, using a cell phone while driving and failing to signal before turning. 

But these "dangerous" acts that can result in citations (and a driver being pulled off the road) also include waving at another bus driver. Since regulations require the bus drivers to keep their hands on the wheel at all times when the bus is moving, the friendly gesture of waving is a safety violation.

Does that seem harsh and unnecessary? Of course it does. But this speaks to the general attitude of traffic violations for all people, may they be bus drivers or soccer moms: get the easy, minor violations to set an example, even if the offense is so minute and insignificant that it defies logic.

In our last post, we talked about how many New York traffic tickets are for minor infractions that may not pose a safety risk; or, at the very least, poses less of a risk than many other driving actions. It's an epidemic that doesn't make our roads much safer, and can cause good, honest, hard-working people to suffer major financial penalties, or even a criminal record. We need better enforcement of the truly dangerous driving acts; not a bunch of "ticky tack" violations that do little to make our roads safer.

Source: NBC New York, "Hundreds of MTA Bus Drivers Cited for Phone Use, Traffic Violations in Latest Crackdown," Oct. 2, 2013

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