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Aug 15, 2013 5:57 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

RTA Bans Drivers From Using Electronic Devices

CORPUS CHRISTI - When you get on a Regional Transport Authority, or RTA bus you place your life in the bus drivers hands for those few minutes traveled from one place to another. With our city's recent issue of distracted drivers, the RTA has set some pretty intense rules for their workers.

"This is zero tolerance. No electronic devises, no distractions, no exceptions," said RTA Director of Marketing Jane Haas.

What the RTA is asking is simple. They ask before their bus drivers get on their bus for the day that they turn off their cell phones or any other electronic devise. Store it away, and then they can begin their route. These new rules are also to make sure that their drivers never become the reason for an accident on our roads.

"We've never been the responsible party for an accident caused by distraction. And we're going to make sure that it never happens," said Haas.

So while putting up those cell phones may be a hard to get used to, drivers say it's worth it.

"Every passenger that gets on and off this bus is our responsibility. And we have to take it seriously," said Bus Operator Marcus Guerrero.

Passengers who ride these busses daily say they love this new change.

"It makes us feel a lot more safe here knowing that all their eyes are on the road," said Abel Alonzo.

The RTA hopes all other drivers will look at their new policy and follow their lead.

"The combination of transportation and electronic devise use is a dangerous combination," said Haas.

The RTA is allowing for a 30 day grace period. But beginning next month this policy will go into full effect.

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