The executive director of Metro Regional Transit Authority in Akron apparently wants to lead by example after he began serving a five day suspension without pay, after turning himself in for violating Metro's texting while driving policy.
The Metro Board approved the suspension Tuesday at an executive session during its regular meeting.
Richard Enty told the Beacon Journal he realized he had a texting problem when a bus pulled up next to him as he texted about two weeks ago. He reported the violation to the board.
Metro Communications and Marketing director Molly Becker tells AkronNewsNow Enty insisted on a full suspension "He could have just gotten a letter of reprimand because the vehicle he was using was not a revenue generating vehicle, but he asked for the more severe reprimand of the suspension."
Becker says Enty wanted to lead by example. " He felt that by leading by example he should be held to the same standard that every employee here is. And because safety is such a high priority for us, we do not allow texting."
Metro drivers face three day suspensions if they violate the texting while driving policy.