ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA – A bus rider called the Sheriff’s Department Tuesday when he thought the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Deputies stopped the bus, route 309 from Oceanside to Encinitas, at around 4:30 p.m. The bus was heading east on Encinitas Boulevard near Calle Magdalena at the time. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the deputies determined the driver showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. They subsequently conducted field sobriety tests. Based on the results of those tests, the 40-year-old driver was booked on suspicion of driving a commercial vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Matt Tucker, Executive Director of the North County Transit District said they are taking the allegation very seriously and will be very aggressive in investigating and taking all necessary steps to prevent this from happening again. The driver was employed by First Transit, a company the districts contracts for drivers. The district serves 12 million passengers in North San Diego Count and operates the train to downtown San Diego.
Thankfully no one was injured in this incident. Public transportation vehicles can cause serious harms when people do not operate them with care. The sheer size and number of people involved in these accidents create high probability for serious harm.