School bus driver arrested after students report her for driving drunk

Students on a New Jersey school bus knew their bus driver wasn’t right so they called their parents from their cell phones. They told their parents that their school bus driver was falling asleep and weaving in traffic.

Parents called the authorities at Westampton Middle School who called police. Police arrested Carole Crockett, 46, on suspicion of driving under the influence as well of other charges including endangering children’s welfare. When they tested her, her blood alcohol level was at .25% which is almost three times the legal limit of .08%.

This is not the first time we have seen cases where a school bus driver was drunk with children on board. In March of this year, Betty Burden, an Orange County school bus driver, pled guilty to driving under the influence with 45 students on board her bus. In this case, Burden escaped prison but she was sentenced to 480 hours of community service and 2-1/2 years probation.

Bus drivers should meet a higher standard than other drivers and should exercise diligence to protect the lives of their passengers. If passengers are injured due to the negligent action of a bus driver, they can file suit asking for compensation for their damages including medical costs and for pain and suffering.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bus accidents and motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another.

Source:
N.J. school bus driver Carole Crockett charged with drunk driving, endangering students, newjerseynewsroom.com
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