Sending Office: Honorable Grace Meng
Co-Sponsor H.R. 3703: the “No School Bus Drivers with DUIs Act”
Co-Sponsors (4): Hastings; Khanna; Serrano; Soto
Supported by: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and First Focus Campaign for Children
I invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 3703, the “No School Bus Drivers with DUIs Act” which would prohibit state and local education agencies from hiring school bus drivers who have previously been convicted of a DUI.
According to a recent CBS News investigation (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stunning-lack-of-oversight-for-school-bus-drivers-cbs-news-investigation/):
“Twenty-one states told CBS News that no school bus drivers had been charged with a DUI in the past three years, but we found at least one such arrest in each of those states. There are no universal standards. So there is nothing that will automatically
disqualify a school bus driver who has an extensive criminal background or DUIs.”
This past December, a school bus driver in Brookfield, Wisconsin was arrested for her third drunk driving offense, this time with children aboard the bus:
http://www.wisn.com/article/bus-driver-accused-of-operating-bus-while-armed-under-influence-of-drugs/8533591. She was also in possession of a controlled substance and charged with felony possession of a firearm on school grounds. That same month, a school
bus driver in West Greenwich, Rhode Island was arrested for being three times over the legal drinking limit when she drove a bus full of high school students home from a track meet:
http://www.abc6.com/story/34185696/former-westerly-school-bus-driver-pleads-not-guilty-to-dui. She had previously been charged with a DUI in California. And in May of this year, a Campbell County, Wyoming School District bus driver was arrested for driving
under the influence while driving five elementary school students to school:
http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/news/local/article_efdde1cc-372c-51c5-9d17-cd7a41636ed9.html. She had previously been convicted of a DUI in 1995.
As the mother of two school-aged boys, I believe it is time we put an end to such stories once and for all. If you have questions or concerns about this legislation, please do not hesitate to contact me. Your staff may contact David Bagby of my staff at
(202) 225-2601 or firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
Member of Congress
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