Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

To me, calling the police if a school bus driver is intoxicated, is common sense. Not calling the police, once it was firmly established that a bus driver put children in harm’s way, is plain stupid. Following the incident at Wayne Central, one must ask, “Has this happened before?”

How many school districts cover something like this up using the “following policy” excuse?

Now, for another perspective that was brought to my attention. Would you notify the administration, your boss, if you knew a co-worker was driving drunk? Would you say something if the co-worker was not in the position of a driver for the district, or company?

How many times has a highway, or other municipal employee shown up at a local workplace intoxicated and no one said a word? How many times has an employee shown up for work and the boss simply said go home, so the employee left and drove home?

In the case of the school bus driver, I suspect there had to be suspicions prior to her arrest. Someone with a blood alcohol level of .172% is an alcoholic and that does not happen overnight.

In the case of the Wayne Central teacher drunk for an early morning first period class, that does not just suddenly happen.

I would like to know when the top administration knew about the bus driver, and if there was any pre-discussion of how to handle, or not handle the situation.

The bus driver will be arrested this coming week for the bus driving/intoxicated incident. She will probably face multiple counts for all the children she put in danger. Too bad the administration can’t face more than the public scowl for their decisions in this case.

This past week I was contacted by a investigator, hired by a prominent attorney representing the woman severely injured by the bus driver, hours after she was driven home by a Wayne Central employes. He wanted to talk to the writer of the story we broke concerning the drunk bus driver and the accident. Unfortunately, there simply was not anything I could contribute beyond the story.

I certainly hope the administrators, who made the decision to allow the bus driver a pass on her drunken bus ride and subsequent serious accident, have their feet held to the legal fire. I am sure the school district will pay for their foolishness.

I was at a local event recently where a man boasted about getting through a DWI check point on the Gananda Parkway while intoxicated. Of course, he was highly intoxicated while making the brazen statement and a few in his presence even laughed. I did not.

Alcoholism is a sickness and I empathize with those with the addiction. It is not a crime to be an alcoholic. It is a crime to get behind the wheel and put all in your path in danger.