KGTV News 10 reports that a bus driver with the North County Transit District (NCTD) was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving while he was transporting passengers.

Just when you thought it was safe to take the bus and avoid drunk driving auto accidents, a bus driver gets pulled over for allegedly making the same irresponsible choice.  Our San Diego auto accident attorneys believe that if suspicions turn out to be facts, and the driver was drunk.  That means hundreds of passengers — and other drivers — were at risk for injuries or wrongful death.

NCTD bus driver arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The male bus driver, 40, was arrested on the 400 block of Encinitas Boulevard at about 4:25 on June 1st for allegedly driving drunk.  He is employed by First Transit, a public transit company contracted by the NCTD, and at the time of his arrest, he was driving the Route 309 bus that goes from Oceanside to Encinitas.

Police deputies went to the location on Route 309 based on an anonymous tip according to sheriff’s office.  Officials told reporters that the man failed a series of sobriety tests and was taken to a jail in Vista where he’s charged with suspicion of driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The NCTD plans to conduct a thorough investigation.

“We take this allegation seriously, and we will be very aggressive in investigating and taking whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence of this event,” the NCTD Executive Director told reporters in a prepared statement.

Millions of people in the United States take public transportation to get from point A to point B every day, and public transportation drivers — much like any other driver — need to be responsible when it comes to transporting passengers.  That means obeying traffic laws (i.e. stop signs, speed limits), and especially, not driving under the influence of alcohol.

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