Without discerning the facts, some people tend to jump onto the bandwagon that heads straight for conclusions based on their own perceptions. In one such example, an SBS bus driver who was captured on video appeared to be dozing off at the wheel- or so everyone assumed- was actually not falling asleep.
In the short footage uploaded to Facebook, the bus driver could be seen nodding off at the wheel and on top of that, he had his black sunglasses on.
It did not take long for the video to go viral, with users chiding him and lashing out nasty comments.
However, as soon as they were notified of the circulating incident, SBS Transit identified and conducted their investigations.
Results from their investigations revealed that the driver appeared to have leaned forward more than an average person due to the discomfort he felt in his neck, which had not affected his driving ability. He has also been medically certified fit to drive and was proven to have been vigilant throughout his journey.
According to SBS Transit’s senior vice-president of corporate communications Tammy Tan, “While the video seems to suggest that our bus captain was dozing off at the wheel, our findings based on the closed-circuit television footage from the bus reveals that this was not the case.”
She further clarified, “Throughout the time he was on the road, the bus captain kept to his lane, slowed down when approaching bus stops and also stopped safely behind other buses or vehicles. He also conducted a right turn safely during the trip. All these would not have been possible had he been dozing off at the wheel.”
The company also assured the public that it does not tolerate its drivers dozing off while driving and will take necessary disciplinary actions when required.
Baseless assumptions made by the public could have cost the driver his bread and butter!