Toronto bus driver caught running red light speaks out

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Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

TORONTO — A Toronto bus driver fired for running a red light and almost hitting a pedestrian says she couldn't have stopped safely.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 released a letter penned by the driver, who was dumped by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) officials after video surfaced of her running a red light.

The statement is part of the union’s continuing bid to urge the transit authority to give the single mother of two a "compassionate penalty."
Bob Kinnear, president of ATU Local 113, has asked that the driver keep working for the TTC in a non-vehicle job.

"We believe that most people, if they knew the full circumstances of the incident, would be willing to give this single mother of two a second chance —  if not as a vehicle operator then in a non-vehicle job at the TTC," Kinnear stated Tuesday.

"The operator wishes to remain anonymous because she is deeply embarrassed by her error and also because she has two children she does not want to burden any more than has already happened because she lost her job. We hope the TTC will reconsider."


 

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