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Howell school bus driver fired after admitting to drinking on the job

A school bus driver for Howell Public Schools was fired after admitting to being intoxicated while on the job.

According to a letter sent by Howell Superintendent Erin MacGregor and Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) Superintendent Dr. Michael Hubert, a bus driver appeared to be experiencing a medical situation in the bus lot at Voyager Elementary last Friday afternoon. A substitute driver was then dispatched to take over for the driver while they received medical care.

After being questioned, the bus driver admitted she consumed alcohol after completing her high school/middle school run on Friday and before she started her elementary run.

“Other bus drivers at Voyager Elementary noticed the driver was not her usual self and reported their observations to the transportation office which is what led to the substitute driver taking over for the elementary run,” stated the letter. “When the driver admitted to consuming alcohol, her employment was immediately terminated by the Livingston Educational Service Agency.”

The letter says that in addition to terminating the employment of the driver. LESA will report this situation to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration Clearinghouse, a database of violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation controlled substance drug and alcohol testing program for holders of a commercial driver’s license.

All bus drivers are subject to random drug and alcohol screenings while employed and the Livingston Educational Service Agency has a zero-tolerance policy for violations

“We are very thankful for the actions of the other bus drivers who saw something that did not meet with their expectations for professional conduct and acted on their observations,” said the letter. “This situation serves as a good reminder that choosing to say something when you believe someone needs help is the right thing to do.”

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