On Sept. 12, a fifth grader called 911 to report that his bus driver, Catherine Maccarone, 48, “was drunk.” When the operator asked how he could tell, the boy responded that her eyes looked drunk and that her breath smelled of alcohol.
Police responded to the call, pulling Catherine Maccarone over and giving her breathalyzer test. The results showed that Maccarone’s blood-alcohol level was a little more than .09, just above the legal limit. She was charged with driving under the influence and recklessly endangerment, according to KGW-TV.
Maccarone had made two runs that afternoon, dropping off about 90 students.
Longview Public School issued a statement Friday saying Maccarone was on administrative leave, pending an investigation.
Superintendent Dan Zorn stated, “We are thankful all our students arrived home safely.”
Even small amounts of alcohol can significantly impair the bodily functions necessary for safe driving habits, including the following:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), alcohol and other impairing drugs are involved in approximately 40 percent of all traffic crashes in which someone is killed each year.
Additional drunk driving statistics taken from the NHTSA are listed below.
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