If your kids take the school bus to school every day, you trust that driver to get them from your home to school and back safely. You look at that school bus driver as an extension of your school, so you’d never think that a bus driver would make the choice to drive impaired and crash with your children in the bus.
But that’s exactly what happened in Red Deer, Alberta recently. Thankfully no children were hurt. The bus had been driving around 4 pm when the driver hit a tree and then a sign. She kept driving for a few blocks before she decided to stop, and that’s when police and emergency crews were called in. On board the bus were eighteen elementary school students ages 5 and up.
It was a witness that called the bus driver in to police after seeing the crash, and because of that person’s diligence the bus driver who decided to drive impaired has now received a host of charges including impaired operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol volume of over 80 milligrams, and failing to stay at the scene of a crash.
It must have been frightening for the children on board, and now that charges are pending and the children are safe, parents in that city must be shocked at what transpired. It’s a situation just like this that makes a strong argument for the installation of ignition interlocks in every school bus.
With an ignition interlock a school bus driver would have to prove sobriety every time he or she drives. It’s not a lot to ask for, especially when you’re someone who is dealing with children every day, and it would give parents and school administrators a feeling of relief knowing that they couldn’t drive impaired and crash a bus again.
For the kid’s sake, let’s hope this incident prompts a thorough review of bus policies in Red Deer, and that parents can get peace of mind when sending their kids to school.