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10-Year-Old Student Reports Drunken School Bus Driver to Police

A Washington state school bus driver was arrested after a 10-year-old student called 911, claiming the driver was drunk, reports say.

Details of the Bus Driver’s Arrest

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.”

The Harmful Effects of Alcohol on the Mind and Body

Even small amounts of alcohol can significantly impair the bodily functions necessary for safe driving habits, including the following:

  • Judgement — Needed to accurately recognize and respond to new problems.
  • Vision — Necessary for focusing, judging distance, and controlling movement.
  • Color Distinction — Important for the comprehension of road signs and traffic lights.
  • Reaction Time — Imperative for processing time-sensitive information and responding to it at a moment’s notice.

Drunk Driving Facts and Figures

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.

  • An average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes in 2017.
  • 37,133 people died in traffic crashes in 2017, including an estimated 10,874 people who were killed in drunk driving crashes involving a driver with an illegal BAC (.08 or greater).
  • Among the people killed in these drunk driving crashes, 68 percent (7,368) were in crashes in which at least one driver in the crash had a BAC of .15 or higher.
  • Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities were highest in Texas (1,468), followed by California (1,120) and Florida (839), and lowest in the District of Columbia (16).

Contact an Experienced Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

While your insurance company may be more than willing to help you after your automobile accident, you should remember that although insurance companies will provide some type of financial support, they may not always give you what you deserve. There are many times when a drunk driver has no insurance and you, the victim, are left without a way to pay for your injuries. Even if the negligent driver does have insurance, you may not get enough money to pay for your medical treatment and other expenses.

Our experienced team of injury attorneys will make sure you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you incurred. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. Contact Thomas J. Henry today if you were injured by a drunk driver. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.


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