From The New York Post by TOM NAMAKO and JOE MOLLICA
An alarming number of MTA bus drivers have been issued summonses for texting, eating, and reading behind the wheel this year.
Since January 2010, a total of 178 operators were caught using cellphones while carrying passengers around city streets, MTA data show.
Also, seven drivers were cited for eating while operating a bus, and another seven were reading while driving, the MTA said.
The MTA said the drivers were reprimanded, suspended or dismissed depending on their records.
Citing a national "epidemic" of texting while driving, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said, "Rules banning commercial bus and truck drivers from texting on the job and restricting train operators from using cellphones and other electronic devices while in the driver's seat have been posted today."