Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sen. Tartaglione bill aims at detering attacks on transit employees

Philadelphia state Sen. Christine Tartaglione is again introducing legislation to stiffen the penalties for assaults on public transit employees.

Sen. Tartaglione bill aims at detering attacks on transit employees

0 comments

Philadelphia state Sen. Christine Tartaglione is again introducing legislation to stiffen the penalties for assaults on public transit employees.

For the third straight session, Tartaglione, a Democrat, has introduced a bill aimed at deterring crimes against bus and train operators and other transit workers Under the bill (SB 387) anyone who assaults a transportation employee could be charged with a first-degree felony and sentenced to up to 20 years in jail.

"Transit officials from across Pennsylvania have collected hundreds of injury reports resulting from assaults," Tartaglione said. "It's time we send a message to harried commuters that they cannot take their frustration out on innocent workers."

Last year SEPTA reported a number of incidents involving attacks on its employees including a bullet fired through a bus driver's window and a driver assaulted by a knife-wielding passenger. In all there were ten incidents where employees were unable to work because of injuries from an assault.

In 2007, after a SEPTA driver was injured by a bullet that shattered his side window, Tartaglione's bill passed the  Senate, but the bill was never voted on in the House.

Click here
for Philly.com's politics page.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Commonwealth Confidential gives you regularly updated coverage of the state legislature, the governor and the workings of the state bureaucracy. It is written by Angela Couloumbis in the Inquirer's Harrisburg bureau, based in the statehouse, and by the newspaper's far-flung campaign reporters.



Commonwealth Confidential
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter