Updated 03/14/2011 04:39 PM
A Day Before Bus Crash, Another Bus Company's Driver Was Allegedly Driving Drunk
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The day before a deadly tour bus crash killed 15 passengers on Interstate 95 in the Bronx, a driver with another bus company was reportedly arrested for allegedly being drunk behind the wheel of a New York-to-Baltimore bus.
A video clip shot aboard a BoltBus on Friday apparently shows a replacement driver speaking to passengers before the trip resumes.
NY1 spoke on Monday to passengers of both BoltBus and similar operator, MegaBus. They said that while they're not worried, it wouldn't hurt to have more inspections.
"Inspection is always good – why not check them out?" said one passenger. "If the government finds anything wrong, make them correct it. If they want to check it out, it's good for us."
"Just because it's discounted they should abide by the same rules as everyone else," said another.
"It may raise the prices, but it raises the safety as well," said a third.
On Monday, Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez called for the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct a widespread investigation of safety regulations in the discount tour bus industry.
The lawmakers noted that Saturday was not an isolated incident, citing a 2007 accident on a New York to Chicago bus that killed two people, and another last June that killed the bus driver on the trip.
"We're asking the NTSB to do a top to bottom review of this industry, and see if the federal regulators are doing their job and if not to make recommendations on how to improve it," Schumer said.
"This is not about putting out of business this industry, this is about human life, this is about avoiding another tragedy," Velazquez said.
BoltBus has suspended the driver pending the outcome of the DUI investigation.
NY1 is waiting for a response from the company.