Personal Injury Blog

Metro Whistleblower Warns that Metro is Cutting Program to Ensure Safe Drivers

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.