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Speeding bus driver 'was on cocaine'

The Local · 16 Aug 2012, 17:39

Published: 16 Aug 2012 17:39 GMT+02:00

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The unsuspecting passengers got on one of the city’s yellow buses in the southern district of Schöneberg on Wednesday evening.

But boredom turned to terror as their driver raced through the city, forcing a cyclist off the road and running two red lights.

One passenger called the police from inside the bus, alerting them to the dangerous driving they were inadvertently party to.

The Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported on Thursday that police reached the driver over the radio and persuaded him to stop.

He was given a drink and drugs test – and the latter showed he had taken cocaine before showing up to work.

The paper said he immediately lost his license and could face charges of endangering the traffic.

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19:34 August 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Bet that was a bus ride to remember. At least he probably was not like the typical grumpy unfriendly bus driver that day.
20:57 August 16, 2012 by wood artist
This guy sounds like a cab driver I happened upon about five years ago. I assumed he was just and out-of-work Formula ! driver, at least he drove like that. I truly wondered if I was going to make it from Tegel to Gleimstrasse in one piece.

00:00 August 17, 2012 by pepsionice
The simple fix to this....is drug-testing, but I'm pretty sure the Union will stand against any suggestion of that. The sad thing is.....somebody will get killed by a driver one day, and the Union will just say "sorry".
02:03 August 17, 2012 by Zlik
As a passing tourist I'm amazed that riders appear expression less when (in summer) buses are like ovens in poorer areas and noticeably Cooler in wealthier ones.
06:46 August 17, 2012 by tumanskaya
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12:45 August 17, 2012 by TheWonderer
Why do you state testing is not done?

First of all, tests are done on a random basis - and the unions do agree to it.

But it would be too costy to test every driver before every shift - you do not even do this at airlines were risks are much higher.

Referring to cooling: Sure! In wealthier areas, less people go by bus, so the doors remain shut and no hot air gets in... The better-off people use their cars and taxis rather than going by bus.

So don't talk rot but think before you use your keyboard rather than claiming stuff that is not true.

02:44 August 18, 2012 by yuri_nahl
Nobody is perfect.
10:03 August 20, 2012 by raandy
Thats right, nobody is perfect, that is why they need random drug testing for these drivers.

This guy may face endangerment charges?, this is the famous "smoking gun"
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