LETTER: Abuse of BC Transit drivers should result in jail time

In reference to the article BC Transit to install barriers to protect drivers, I am enraged that such installations are necessary.

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I’m not questioning the present need for BC Transit to install these barriers. Rather, I’m enraged at the necessity to do so.

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As a frequent transit user between Sidney and Victoria, I am impressed by the friendliness and courtesy of the bus drivers. They certainly never deserve the verbal and/or physical abuse from their passengers, alluded to in your article.

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Although my following suggestion will undoubtedly be unpopular with some, including the present B.C. politicians who play at governing our province, I would recommend appropriate minimal jail sentences be imposed to those abusing transit drivers – with a first offence bringing 30 days in jail, and appropriate increasingly longer increments of jail time for further offences.

David Baxter


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