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No excuse for driving a school bus while intoxicated

The school year is starting up again in Honolulu. Each weekday morning, your kids walk to the bus stop, where they wait for the school bus to pick them up.

You probably assume that the bus driver is qualified and prepared to transport your children to and from school safely. While that is true most of the time, occasionally there are disturbing reports of bus drivers showing up to work impaired, exhausted or without the training needed to operate a large school bus.

Scary, impaired bus driver incident

In an incident from outside of Hawaii, a school bus driver has been fired after allegedly driving the bus while impaired with liquor and pills in her purse. According to a news report, one of the 31 kids on her bus on Aug. 21 felt that something was wrong with the driver’s behavior.

The child contacted one of their parents, who in turn contacted the middle school that the child attends. It is not clear from the article if police pulled over the bus or confronted the driver at school. Either way, investigators searched the driver’s belongings and allegedly found a mostly-empty bottle of tequila in her purse, along with four shooter-sized bottles of vodka and four bottles of unspecified prescription drugs.

Fired for ‘unsatisfactory performance’

The accused driver had been in her current job since March. She apparently had a clean driving record. However, she was fired from her previous school bus driving job in January for “unsatisfactory performance.”

School bus safety is a must

It’s a relief that nobody was injured. Drunk driving is dangerous in any context, but especially so when a school bus is involved. The passengers are almost all children who do not have seatbelts or airbags for protection in case of a crash. It is the driver’s responsibility to be sober and take reasonable precautions to prevent an accident.

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