New York Conducts Long Distance Bus Inspection Crackdown
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 02:40 PM
The inspections occurred in late September and early October.
Most of the violations were found on buses in New York City. Almost a third of all bus inspections in the city since March have resulted in a driver or bus being pulled out of service.
The crackdown comes in the long wake of a fatal accident on a Bronx highway on March 12. A tour bus returning from a Connecticut casino in the early morning flipped and rammed into the base of a highway sign, killing 15 people.
Ophadell Williams, the driver in that accident, has been charged with 15 counts of manslaughter. A report by the state inspector general said Williams had a history of moving violations, gave false names to police who pulled him over and lied on his application for a commercial license.
The Governor's office says the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is now using facial recognition technology to search for drivers who have a valid commercial license in one name and additional license documents in another.