Good grief. RTD hired a drive with a prior DUI, and retained him after he hit a cyclist? This is the driver's second time hitting a cyclist. Unbelievable.
Those drivers have no mercy. The other day I was driving my brand spankin' new Subaru just east of the capitol on Colfax and RTD Bus swerved into my lane like it was his. If I didn't temporarily move out of my lane into the other side of the street, I'd have gotten hit. He apparently was trying to avoid hitting someone to the right of him and instead figured I was more likely to get out of his way.
I think we all should wear one of those Go Pro HD helmet cams and put the RTD videos on YouTube for the Mayor to see
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Lots of transit buses have video cameras of varying degrees of sophistication. A lot of them over write the footage after a certain amount of time, though, so if you want to review footage of a p[articular incident you should contact the bus company as soon as possible.
The starting pay for drivers and mechanics is very low, and First Transit is almost always understaffed, hiring new drivers, and in a constant state of mandatory overtime. New drivers get the worst routes, the worst buses, and the bulk of the overtime. Things that make a route bad are difficult timetables, minimal rest periods, and driving during rush hour. Often, I would start just as morning rush hour wound up and not finish until the evening rush was over, in a bus with an overheating engine and malfunctioning air conditioning.
I ended up walking off the job after one of those shifts. After pulling into the garage after 7 pm I saw that I'd been scheduled to drive the next morning, on my day off, at 4:20. I was stressed, depressed, and I didn't want to spoil a clean driving record or hurt someone. Of course, my leaving probably caused other overstressed drivers to take my shift, but I was happy to get out with my life.
The on-board cameras were instituted during my tenure, and good drivers learn to be aware of it without letting it interfere with their driving. Switching from the focus from the windshield to the passenger compartment, they run a virtual tape loop, writing over old footage. A sudden movement such as a sudden stop triggers the camera to save footage and transmit it to safety monitors at the garage. A light on the camera warns the driver of this, although sometimes the camera will simply do a random transmit. Sometimes a passenger will ask the driver what caused the light to go on.
Just a word to the wise. Ride defensively around RTD buses.
These people are generally not that intelligent to begin with and work a boring job of routine for hours at a time. I'm honestly surprised they don't kill more people. The 0 and 15 route busses are the worst, they will be doing double the speed limit at times blowing through lights. I've been passed on Monaco by the 20 in a 30 MPH zone, he was easily doing 50 if not more.
I've had the asshats stare RIGHT AT ME in a round a bout in Lowry and pull out in front of me anyway, then again lots of cars do that too, round abouts in this country seem to confuse the stupid and embolden the crazy.