Many questions are still unanswered about how a school bus driver charged with drunk driving is still transporting children. Parents are in shock, wondering how the driver was allowed to continue on the job for four months after being charged. In Ohio and every other state, impaired driving is a serious offense with consequences ranging from hefty fines, loss of driving privileges and possible jail time.
A North Fork Local School bus driver in Licking County was stopped in July, and a Breathalyzer test administered to her registered at .253, more than three times the legal limit. According to a police officer and witness, the woman was driving erratically before she was pulled over. She was then charged with driving while impaired, and she was given a court date and allowed to return to her job driving children to and from North Fork Local Schools.
According to authorities, the police department admitted to an error that allowed her to keep her license. Normally, when a person tests over the legal limit, his or her license is automatically suspended. The Utica Chief of Police claims that a clerical error resulted in the bus driver keeping her license. School superintendents receive notifications automatically when a school bus driver’s license has been suspended.
Most parent do everything in their power to make sure their children are safe, and they expect the same from their schools and bus drivers. Impaired driving is a serious offense, and if someone is injured due to the negligence of another, he or she may contact a personal injury attorney. In Ohio, families may benefit from a lawyer with experience negotiating and litigating negligence cases.
Source: 10tv.com, “School and police admit mistakes allowed bus driver charged with drunk driving to stay on the job“, Glenn McEntyre, Nov. 17, 2017