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Voice: Calexico council made right decision on standing in buses

May 23, 2001

Once again Calexico city officials have shown some unity and their intent to improve the quality of our lives. When it comes to public safety, the decision must be concrete.

On May 15 at the City Council, a majority voted in favor of keeping ordinance section 5.36.200, which prohibits passengers standing in buses. This request was made by an owner of a bus company, Mr. Castro.

I suggested to Mr. Castro that he look at other options like adding more buses or increasing slightly the rate in order to make up for this.

Standing in buses and risking the lives of the people to make an extra buck should not be an option.

City officials also didn't buy the explanation of the city attorney — who stated that California Highway Patrol allows that on highways — and agreed with the chief of police. His point was most accidents accrue within the city limits because of higher traffic in our community, pedestrians crossing streets, stop signs and traffic light, as opposed to buses on highway using their cruise control. Mr. Rood, why even have a window open for a lawsuit against the city?

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I thank city officials for their action and encourage them to continue to put public safety as a priority in our everyday life.

DAVID B. OUZAN

Calexico

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