Distracted driving by a bus driver reading an Amazon Kindlewas caught on video by a passenger. The bus driver in Portland, Oregon, told the passenger that the passenger was not allowed to take photos of the driver.
Many passengers called customer service during their rush hour commute, to report the dangerous distraction.
The passenger told KGW that the driver appeared to be reading all the way through the curves and into downtown on the I-5. The bus driver looks up and down at the Kindle as he drives. He uses his elbow to steer while he looks at his Kindle. His hands are often off the steering wheel of the bus.
TriMet transit is investigating and took the driver off the route. The bus driver was put on paid administrative leave.
"No electronic devices, cell phones, eReaders, iPod or anything are to be on a person or in use while operating a vehcile," said a Bekki Witt, a TriMet spokeswoman, "This is a serious infraction that we take very seriously."
Here's the video from KGW. KGW is available on mobile phones but should not be viewed while driving a bus, tractor, car or even bicycle. We're wondering what book he was reading. Was it the "The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories" or "Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation?"