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(Washington, DC)  —  Metro has fired 20 bus drivers over the past five months after new onboard cameras filmed them using cell phones or committing other violations behind the wheel.  The “Examiner” reports that Metrobus cameras have caught bus drivers breaking the rules nearly 12-hundred times, leading to the firings and 222 suspensions.  Since the cameras were added in the fall, the agency has also taken the blame for bus crashes more often.  Before the cameras, 35-percent of accidents were deemed preventable, but after reviewing camera footage, that has risen to about 40-percent.  Metro says drivers could have prevented 351 of the 883 accidents that happened between March and June.

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