Another incident occurred when a passenger assaulted a village bus driver in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do. But as you can see, there are no glass walls protecting the bus driver. The town bus is defenseless without a protective wall.

I'm Ahn Hee-jae.


CCTV video of a village bus in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do.

A man in his 70s approaches the driver's seat and hits the village bus driver's face strongly.

I was trying to get off, but I just passed the stop.

[Hwang Mo / Assault Damage Bus driver: Sorry for not pressing the bell, but I'll drop you off at the next stop. Assault face ... .]

The man continued to clench if he wasn't released and even stole his cell phone when another passenger tried to report to the police.

Mr. A ran to the driver when the policeman arrived and was eventually arrested as an active criminal.

The back door of the bus says, "Abusive assault threatens safe driving."

However, the phrase was plainly dismissed by Hwang in the driver's seat right here.

A's family said in a police investigation that Mr. A, who had dementia, couldn't control his emotions because he didn't take his medicine.

If you hit or intimidate a transit driver in operation under current law, you may be sentenced to five years in prison or fined up to 20 million won.

However, there are 3,000 assaults on bus drivers every year.

In addition, as the government mandated the installation of a driver's seat barrier in 2006, village buses were excluded.

In fact, there is no proper barrier around the driver's seat in the village bus that Hwang drove.

[Hwang Mo / Assault Bus Driver: This doesn't make much sense. Is it safe if there is even one acrylic board…? .]

[Jung, Kyung-Il / Lawyer: It is necessary to legally mandate the installation of public transit barriers, and to protect the driver's safety by installing a protective barrier as a whole.]

He also points out that assault offenders must strictly apply the law to prevent punishment.

(Video coverage: Kim Myung-gu, Video editing: Kim Jun-hee)