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Driver Arrested for DUI School Bus Crash with 10 Kids On Board

Following an accident in Washington County, Oregon, a school bus driver has been taken into police custody for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances.

Details of the Northern Oregon School Bus Accident

According to Washington County Sheriff Jonathan C. Gates, the affected school bus was driving on a Wednesday morning, around 8 am, when it crashed on a road outside Hillsboro.

Reports indicate that aside from the driver who caused the accident, there were also 10 children and an adult on board. Security footage depicted how they screamed as the bus accelerated off the road and into a ditch.

In the words of the deputies, Gates appears impaired. Subsequently, he has been arrested for DUI-controlled substance. Since then, Gates was issued a citation and released.

At the moment, there are no reports of injuries from the incident.

Statistics of Drugged-Driving Induced Accidents

According to the survey conducted by 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2017, averagely, 21.4 million people aged 16 or older drove under the influence of alcohol in the past year. Also, 12.8 million drove under the influence of illicit drugs.

Additionally, the survey depicted that a more significant number of adults aged 21 to 25 drive after taking drugs or drinking than do young adults between the ages 16-20 or adults 26 or older.

Estimating the number of accidents caused by drug driving is a little bit difficult. Nonetheless, some reports depict that almost 44 per cent of drivers in fatal car crashes tested positive for the drug.

The following statistics are in the prepared report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy about fatal accidents in which drivers have undergone drug tests:

  • 18 % of the fatally injured drivers tested drug positive.
  • 57 % of all drug-positive driver crashes were single-vehicle accidents.
  • 48 % of drivers who confirmed positive for drugs also tested likewise for alcohol
  • The two compounds found in marijuana, Narcotics and cannabinoids accounted for almost the majority of all drug-positive results.
  • 43 per cent of all fatalities under the age of 24 who tested positive for drugs had cannabinoids in their body system

Common Drugged-Driving Accident Injuries

Generally, there are accidents that victims of drug-induced auto crashes can experience. Some of them include:

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Neck and back injuries

Avoiding Drugged-Driving Related Accidents

We recommend that people who take drugs and alcohol should develop specific social strategies that hinder them from driving while impaired. Also, as a passenger or a parent, you should ensure you confirm if your driver is conscious. If you suspect that he/she is not under DUI, it’s best to drop from such a vehicle. Also, teach your kids the importance of being extra cautious and watchful of their school bus drivers.

Contact an Experienced Bus Accident Attorney

If you or your child have been involved in a drug-related bus accident, you can contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of seasoned bus accident attorneys are accessible to assess your claim all day, both at nights and weekends. Today, you can contact us for a free case review. We serve clients at our offices in several parts of the country, including, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston.

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