Muni driver caught texting was back behind the wheel, is no longer employed 

The Muni operator who was caught illegally texting on her phone while driving is no longer employed with the agency, although she was still behind the wheel earlier on Thursday, despite being placed on non-driving status.

The Muni driver, whose identity has not been released, was texting while driving a 24-Divisadero bus back in February, an act captured by a passenger’s cell phone. Initially, the operator was handed just a three-day suspension, due to her original testimony that she was pulled over and not driving at the time of the incident.

However, after footage was released showing her texting while driving, she was placed on non-driving status by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. Despite the ban, the operator was seen driving the 24-Divisadero again—by the same passenger who originally caught her texting—on Thursday.

Paul Rose, spokesman for the SFMTA, said the agency is conducting an investigation to find out how the operator managed to get behind the wheel again, but he added that she clearly shouldn’t have been driving.

Also, Rose said the operator was no longer employed by the SFMTA, as of Friday. Due to employee confidentiality records, he couldn’t comment on whether the firing had anything to do with Thursday’s incident.

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