Danger lurks; Controversy grows over instant messaging while driving.Byline: Scott J. Croteau
WORCESTER - As people chatted about public transportation drivers text messaging Sending short messages to a smartphone, pager, PDA or other handheld device. Text messaging implies sending short messages generally no more than a couple of hundred characters in length. , Lisa Dupont, a mother of four, made a quick statement while waiting at a bus stop.
"There's a big difference if you are driving with yourself and if you are responsible for other people's lives," the 44-year-old city resident said.
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Many people waiting outside the Main Street Worcester Regional Transit Authority The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is a public, non-profit organization charged with providing public transportation to the city of Worcester, Massachusetts and the surrounding towns. bus stop yesterday said no one, no matter what they're driving, should be hitting keys on a phone while driving. Some said, however, that if a person knows how to do it right, it isn't a problem.
Legislation is pending to outlaw text messaging while driving in Massachusetts.
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"For safety reasons, as well as some business necessities, we allow our operators to carry their cell phones," Mr. Carney said. "We have strict policies of when they can use those cell phones. They have to be stationary, they have to pull the bus over and they have to notify the dispatcher Software that determines what pending tasks should be done next and assigns the available resources to accomplish it. It may execute other programs or generate a list for human operators to follow. See scheduler. ."
Violation of the rule will result in a five- to 10-day suspension for the first offense and termination for the second.
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and could lose those as well.
The MBTA subway driver didn't need a commercial driver's license.
David Rizzuti, 30, of Worcester believes texting while driving should be illegal. Police spokesman Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst agrees.
The sergeant said people need to pay attention while driving, and even talking on a cell phone is a distraction that can lead to accidents.
"Clearly it's a safety hazard. Anybody that's driving while texting no doubt sooner or later is going to hit a pedestrian, hit another car, property damage. The bottom line is: Texting while driving is no good."
Lisa Dupont, 44, of Worcester, mother of four, said: "If you are responsible for other people's lives you shouldn't be doing it. You should not be texting."
Zachary Bailey, 20, of Worcester, disagreed. "I am aware of the buttons and stuff. I'm pretty sure if you can text and drive at the same time, it is like smoking and driving."
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CUTLINE: (1) Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst; (2) General Manager John F. Carney discusses RTA policies on cell phone use. (3) Zachary Bailey; (4) David Rizzuti