By: Matthew Tievsky
With Metro's budgetary and other recent woes, it is no surprise that
some of the agency's programs are getting the ax. However, it is particularly
disturbing when Metro starts cutting out safety measures -- particularly
because the “first” job of Metro should be to keep its riders safe.
Former Metro Transit Police Officer James D. Holmes, a self-described whistleblower,
agrees with that view. Holmes, who spoke with the Washington Post, relates
that while he worked at Metro, he administered a program that reviewed
and kept track of the driving status of all Metro employees. This was
to see whether, for example, an employee had recently had his license
suspended due to a drunk driving violation. With Holmes' departure,
however, the program has gone by the wayside. According to Holmes, the
problem was not even lack of funds -- it was that superior officers within
the Metro hierarchy were tired of having their own driving difficulties
aired out by Metro itself.
We hope that Metro will regain financial solvency and consistently high
ridership, but first and foremost we hope that Metro will be safe to use
for its riders. As long as Metro safety is a shaky prospect, civil lawsuits
will continue to be a way to compel Metro to avoid negligently hurting
its own riders and other innocents. To that end, if you or anyone who
know has been injured by Metro, such as on a Metro bus or train, you should
contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel,
P.C., for a free consultation.