Mayor Jacobs asks for Lynx policy review at board meeting
Jacobs watched Local 6 report she says involved 'very, very tragic accident'
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs kicked off a Lynx bus board meeting Wednesday by asking a committee to review Lynx policies, after Jacobs says she watched "a report by WKMG that involved a very, very tragic accident."
The Local 6 investigation revealed Lynx drivers with multiple preventable accidents while on the job, one of which took the life of 10-year-old Matthew Robinson.
"I think they just need to review their policies and how they do things," said Sharon Robinson. "It's not fair. It's not fair to the families. It's not fair to any of the victims."
"When I saw your coverage, and the mom's reaction, I understand that," Jacobs said. "As a mom, I completely understand that."
Local 6 obtained Lynx documents revealing drivers whose records were so bad that their supervisors fired them. But Lynx CEO John Lewis gave them their jobs back.
During Wednesday's board meeting, Lewis again defended his decision.
"Our goal is perfection, and while we may never reach that standard, we won't be satisfied with anything less," Lewis said.
Local 6 also reviewed two years worth of Lynx accident records and uncovered that 145 drivers had at least one preventable accident between May 2013 and May 2015. Two dozen drivers had more than one preventable accident, according the records.
"That's why I think that we need to look at those policies, to make sure that we are doing the absolute best we can to remove drivers who don't have good safety records from the streets," Jacobs said.
Lynx agreed to pay a $3.2 million settlement that the Robinson family is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's approval on.
"Buses can be dangerous weapons, quite frankly, and this one little boy paid his precious life," Jacobs said.
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