Posts Tagged ‘driving’

Almost 4 months ago, I wrote about one of the first women to be arrested under the new Leandra’s Law. She was drunk on Christmas day, with four kids in the car, and headed to Rochester. But she overshot her exit and ended up an hour away in Depew, where she was pulled over.

This week, she was sentenced to 5 years probation and a $1,000 fine, and has lost her license. I have to say I was initially a little surprised that she wasn’t sentenced to some period of jail time. She had a clean record before this incident, and there appear to have been circumstances in her personal life the the judge felt required leniency. (more…)

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A few weeks ago, I remember turning on the news to hear the story of a bus driver down in Almond, NY who was drunk on the job. For those that don’t know, Almond is less then an hour south of Geneseo, NY. I watched the video of the children trying to figure out what was wrong, and then trying to convince the woman to stop before they all fled out of the back emergency door.

This news article talks about the punishment the bus driver received. If I was a member of this community, I would be furious. I still am outraged that this could happen. Many people have the perception that it is a lowly profession, but from what I’ve heard its actually a rather difficult position to obtain and maintain.

This is an excellent example of how one person’s substance abuse can drastically effect the lives of others. These children have a horrible memory of this ordeal, and much worse could have happened. The bus driver could have easily gotten into an accident (as I recall she missed a turn and then went into reverse to make up for it) and not only injured all her passengers, but injured many others as well–imagine if she collided with another bus!

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In mid-December, a new law went into effect aimed at punishing adults who drive with children in their car. Leandra’s Law is named after a child who died when a driver flipped their vehicle over in Manhattan. Just this summer, eight people died when a mother drove under the influence on the Taconic Parkway and crossed into incoming traffic.

Apparently this wasn’t enough to stop some people… (more…)

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