Police arrest Ali Mahfuz of Massachusetts for allegedly being under the influence of marijuana before transporting students on a field trip. Students smelled an odor on the bus and reported it to a teacher.
Paul Pixley of Connecticut was arrested for allegedly falling asleep while driving a bus with 30 students on board on Dec. 16. Pixley reportedly told police that he may have taken Nyquil before driving that day.
Starting in 2020, the database will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders, including school bus drivers.
A national survey finds that about 16% of all prescription drug use is misuse, and another study shows that illicit drug use has gone up, even among safety-sensitive professionals. What does this mean for pupil transportation?
The nation lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015 — a 7.2% increase compared to the previous year, according to federal data.
Sherry Lee Lund of Utah is sentenced to 20 days in jail and receives a $1,950 fine after pleading guilty to driving drunk with students on board.
The attorney for Elizabeth Burris of Colorado says that she was not impaired at the time of a December crash in which her bus overturned. Burris pleads not guilty to multiple charges.
Brian Downing of Oklahoma ran a red light and crashed into a school bus in February and was cited. Three months later, he hits a special-needs school bus.
Sherry Lund of Utah was reportedly seen passed out near her school bus on the side of the road in March. She has been charged with DUI and reckless endangerment and has resigned.
Overturned school buses, under-the-influence goggles and a smoke-filled bus were among the engaging exercises at the OPTA South Willamette chapter's training event.
Elizabeth Burris of Colorado lost control of her bus, which rolled over and seriously injured two students. She allegedly told state troopers that she was taking six prescription drugs at the time of the accident, and her lawyer said she is under a doctor’s care for Fibromyalgia.
Scott Poirier of Massachusetts crashed his bus into a telephone pole and was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. He told police he didn’t drink any alcohol, but did take DayQuil and NyQuil.
Occupant protection, distraction and fatigue are other key issues addressed in the National Transportation Safety Board’s list for 2016.