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Jitney Bus Controversy

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A hearing in Hoboken occurred Monday regarding a Jitney bus accident that killed an eight month old girl, Angelie Paredes. The jitney bus driver was accused of being on the phone and being distracted when his bus crashed into a pole. The pole then fell onto Paredes’s stroller, killing her.

The Hoboken hearing was held to see if there was some sort of statewide solution that would help prevent jitney buses from running wild. Jitney bus drivers testified at the Hoboken hearing.

A statewide ban on jitney buses seems almost impossible. About 300,000 NJ residents rely on jitney buses to get around the Garden State, and some feel that these buses are much better than taking the NJ Transit buses in the same area. Often times these buses are overcrowded and over capacity, and the drivers tend to be on their phones. Even with these drawbacks, people still choose to rid them.

One solution to this problem would be instead of making jitney buses illegal, the businesses who own them could simply enforce the laws and regulations that are already in existence. Even with all the laws and regulations, this all comes down to the personal responsibility of every driver, especially bus drivers.

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