Attorney says parked MARTA buses in road are breaking the law - CBS46 News

Attorney says parked MARTA buses in road are breaking the law

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

An Atlanta attorney told CBS Atlanta News Tuesday that MARTA buses are breaking the law when they park in the road and block a lane of traffic.

"First of all, you can't abandon passengers on a bus. That's an absolute given. You can't do that," Giudice said.

On Monday, a MARTA bus parked on Stonecrest Square in an area that is not a designated bus stop.

The driver then got out of the bus and left it running with a woman and her baby inside unattended.

"Buses should not block entire lanes of traffic," accident victim Clarice Conley said.

Clarice Conley told police that a MARTA bus was parked in the same spot a week earlier, creating a blind spot that led to a traffic accident. So CBS Atlanta News asked Giudice if it's legal for MARTA buses to park in the road and block a lane of traffic.

"Absolutely not, unless there's a specific reason the bus has to stop like a mechanical breakdown, maybe something on the bus where the driver has to call for EMS or for emergency help or law enforcement," Giudice said.

Giudice referenced Georgia code section 40-6-202 and other similar statues which essentially say outside of a business or residential district, no person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle… in the roadway.

"To stop a bus in a through lane of traffic and to get out of the door to go shopping for 20 minutes and leave passengers on the bus is obviously a traffic infraction at the minimum and just bad judgement," Giudice said.

Last week, CBS Atlanta News spotted a MARTA driver on Marietta Boulevard walking off the bus with it running and the door wide open for at least 15 minutes.

"Why don't we have pre-arranged designated cut outs or large parking spots at a large shopping center where MARTA has an agreement where bus drivers need a break during the day or need to use the restroom where they can park in the back of the shopping center," Giudice said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted MARTA officials Tuesday and they told us they would not be able to discuss the issue on camera, but they did issue the following statement.

"MARTA fully complies with applicable law; however, in the interest of safeguarding our customers, employees and the general public, MARTA is undertaking an intensive review of locations that have been designated as bus layovers and stops," MARTA Spokesperson Lyle Harris said.

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