A school bus driver in Shelton, Connecticut was arrested and charged last Tuesday after driving recklessly.
Details of the School Bus Incident and Arrest
According to several news outlets, including NBC-affiliated television station WWLP, Paul Pixley, 55, of neighboring Derby, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, second-degree breach of peace, second-degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
He was held on a $75,000 bond, due in court on Wednesday.
Police pulled over and arrested Pixley while he was driving his bus on Tuesday, December 27th 2016. Police responded to Nichols Avenue near Earl Street after receiving a call that a bus driver was swerving all over the road.
Fortunately, the bus did not have any child passengers at the time of the incident. However, according to the investigation, Pixley did purportedly fall asleep several times during the day while driving 30 children, prompting some to get off the bus at earlier stops.
Connecticut Traffic Accident statistics
According to the Traffic Safety Facts report, released annually by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation), there were 154 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities for Connecticut in 2015, a 13.2% increase from the 136 fatalities in 2014.
There were a total of 339 drivers aged 21 and over involved in fatal crashes for the year, a 7.9% increase from the 314 drivers in 2014.
In 2015, there were a total of 266 fatalities related to motor-vehicle accidents in Connecticut, a 7.25% increase from the 248 deaths in 2014.
In addition, there were also 7.41 fatalities per every 100,000 population for Connecticut in 2015, compared to 3.42 fatalities for the “best state” in the United States.