ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A woman claims she snapped several pictures that captured an Albuquerque bus driver eating while behind the wheel.
Lana, who doesn’t want us to use her last name, said she was driving with her dad along Isleta near Rio Bravo Monday morning when she saw the bus stopped at the red light.
She’s now questioning the safety of city bus passengers, after seeing what she said was the driver eating a snack.
“[My dad] goes ‘Oh my God, that bus driver’s eating’ and I picked up my phone and started taking pictures,” she said.
Her pictures capture what looks like a plastic bag in the driver’s hand, and the driver reaching into it.
“They looked like barbecue Lays or something like that,” she said.
The bus in the picture is No. 962.
It’s against City policy for a bus driver to eat or drink behind the wheel, unless it’s at the end-of-the-line or at a designated break point.
The City is now reviewing video from inside the bus to confirm Lana’s story. There is no word yet on if the driver was, in fact, eating behind the wheel at the intersection of Rio Bravo and Isleta.
“Why would he put other lives in danger was my immediate reaction, you know?” Lana said.
According to the MVD’s manual for Commercial Driver’s License holders, eating is a potentially deadly danger to the driver, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians.
“Myself using the bus, I’m the mother of a special needs baby, who, if we take him on the bus, I would be very concerned in knowing that a bus driver had his attention on his food and not the road,” she said.
The City said if a driver is caught eating when they shouldn’t, an investigation into the incident will get underway. The City would not tell KRQE News 13, however, what the potential punishments are for a driver found to be breaking the eating or drinking policy.