New audit reveals RTD drivers using cell phones on the job

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DENVER --   A safety audit found a long list of safety violations by RTD bus and light rail drivers in Denver.

Many drivers were reportedly on their phones when they should be paying attention to the road and rails.

RTD apparently has a strict policy when it comes to the use of phones and devices by drivers.

Phones are supposed to be powered off, stowed away and not accessible. Despite the regulations,  the audit found 19 cases where drivers were busted for using their phones to call or text.

Some of the drivers were suspended for up to 20 days, but others for just three.

The audit claimed that RTD needs to be more consistent with the discipline its handing out to drivers.

RTD acknowledged what the audit showed and officials said they will work diligently to increase safety for passengers.

An app called 'Transit Watch' allows the public to report violations, if a driver is seen improperly using their phone of device.

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