BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Florida does not yet prohibit using handheld cell phones while driving, but that didn't stop “First Transit” from taking strong and decisive action after being presented with a photograph of a Century Village Bus Driver talking on his cell phone while driving on 441 near Glades Road earlier this week.
The photograph was taken by BocaNewsNow.com.
The photo clearly shows the bus driver holding the red cell phone to his ear while the bus, transporting senior citizen residents of Century Village, was in motion. The driver was en route southbound on 441 and eventually stopped in front of the Publix in the Home Depot shopping center.
The Publix/Home Depot shopping center is traditionally extremely busy, often with area senior citizens shopping mid-day.
First Transit, which is contracted by Century Village to provide the bus service, told BocaNewsNow.com that the company has a “zero tolerance policy” when it comes to drivers using phones while operating a company vehicle.
“For the safety and security of our passengers,” said First Transit Spokesman Timothy Stokes, “a driver is never to operate a vehicle while using any kind of hand held device.”
BocaNewsNow.com has learned that the driver has been removed from service.
First Transit is an Ohio-based company that provides bus and shuttle service to organizations and municipalities nationwide.
From its website:
As part of FirstGroup, the world’s leading transportation corporation, safety underpins everything we do. Our innovative programs provide the strictest standards of employee training and best practices to reduce accidents and injuries. This was recognized at the highest level when FirstGroup won the National Safety Council’s Green Cross Award in spring 2009 – an honor awarded to just one organization, from any industry, each year.