Topeka bus drivers ask drivers to put down their phones

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TOPEKA, KS — While you’re behind the wheel – put down your phone! It is a part of a national campaign to stop drivers from texting. Nicolette Schleisman explains how Topeka Metro is driving home the message.

Sitting high above, bus operator, Doug Wright, sees a lot of texting.

“It’s becoming more of a problem as more and more people have phones and feel like they have to be connected to that phone throughout the day,” said Wright.

Wright has been a driver for Topeka Metro for about a year and a half, and he says the one thing that worries him the most about his job, is driving around people who will not put their phones down.

“We’re constantly checking mirrors and checking around us to make sure that driver in that other lane stays in that lane and doesn’t just drift over because they happen to be texting at that time,” said Wright.

That is why Topeka Metro jumped on his idea to join forces with the national “It Can Wait” campaign.

“It is a real issue that all of them deal with. And so we decided there is something we can do with it,” said Topeka Metro General Manager, Susan Duffy.

All of the Topeka Metro buses are now flashing the ‘It Can Wait’ slogan on them.

“I can’t imagine any phone call or any text message that is that important that it can’t wait a few minutes until you pull over to the side of the road or get to where you’re going,” said Wright.

Reminding drivers they are passing to put down their phones.

In the State of Kansas, it is illegal to text while driving. It is a primary offense, meaning you can get pulled over for that violation alone.

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