Stop Spitting on Transit Employees

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NEW YORK - JUNE 18: A subway conductor looks out his window June 18, 2003 in New York City. A new report by the New York Police Department (NYPD) reports that felonies are down 15 percent this year on New York's subways. The NYPD credits an increase in officers at subway stations for part of the drop in crime on trains and stations. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo: Spencer Platt/2003 Getty Images

With assaults on MTA workers up this year, the city is considering following Boston's lead in pursuing public transportation riders who spit on transit employees using DNA evidence. Disgusting riders have projected their saliva onto bus or subway workers 145 times so far in 2011, or about 14 times a month, leading the Brooklyn D.A. to look into a DNA initiative. Come on, everyone, this really shouldn't be necessary.