Police Thankfully Catch Drunk Bus Driver Before Anyone Gets Hurt Thanks To Awesome GPS

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Whenever I hear about someone drinking and driving I become irate. There are few things as selfish, irresponsible and awful as getting behind a multi-ton vehicle while under the influence. It’s even worse when there are kids in the car. But I think there is a special place in hell for anyone who would drive a school bus while wasted, which is what happened yesterday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. Thankfully GPS saved the day and police were able to catch this asshat before she hurt anyone.

Concerns were first raised when parents reported that their kids were dropped off one to two hours later than normal. After being reported for erratic driving, school bus driver Tia Denton was pulled from the road and given a breathalyzer test, around 5:30 pm yesterday. According to Sargent Sean Wyke, not only was she over three times the legal limit according to Ohio standards, but she had a damn OPEN container. On the bus. The SCHOOL bus.

There were two kids on the bus with her when she was caught, a 9-year-old, and a 12-year-old. The bus was found via GPS, and Denton was allegedly well off course and nowhere near her normal route. Who know what would have happened if the incident had gone on longer. Thankfully Denton (who is 51-years-old, so definitely old enough to know better) was caught before she hurt anyone, and charged with driving under the influence endangering the welfare of children, and having an open container.

A spokesman for Columbus City Schools. Jeff Warner, had some harsh words for Denton:

“This is a real shock. This is something we will absolutely not tolerate.”

According to Warner, this was Denton’s first year working for the district, and nothing suspicious had some up in her background back. There were also no complaints regarding her job performance, which just goes to show how well someone with alcohol or drug problems can hide their issues before they implode.

First of all, I think it’s great that these buses are fitted with GPS. I remember years ago when school districts first started doing this, some parents were up in arms. THIs type of story is exactly why GPS tracking is necessary and a good thing. I bet the parents of those two kids on board are happy it was in place. I know I would be.

Second, why do people get behind the wheel drunk? A few years ago, I was t-boned by a drunk driver while a passenger in a car. My oldest daughter, who was two at the time, was in the backseat, and thankfully not seriously hurt. I was in the hospital for weeks and I still have serious physical issues because of it. In some ways, that drunk (who fled the scene and was never caught) destroyed my life.

I have NO sympathy for drunk drivers. It sickens me. Obviously this woman is going to lose her job. I hope she gets some jail time too, and gets the help she obviously needs. I’m going to go hug my kids now and be thankful that we live across the street (though I know that the vast majority of drivers aren’t like this, obviously).