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New Illinois law gives teeth to 'zero tolerance' policy for school bus drivers

from Chicago Tribune

When Palatine, Ill., school officials received a tip that one of their bus drivers smelled of alcohol, they took matters into their own hands instead of calling police. The incident demonstrated how one district handled a potentially dangerous situation amid a complicated set of rules and protocols governing how to deal with a bus driver's suspected DUI. Supporters of a new state law, which requires drivers caught with alcohol in their system to have their driving privileges suspended, say the episode shows the measure is working as it should. But the incident also raises questions about whether officials should have gotten police involved, particularly after deciding there was enough concern to send the driver to a medical clinic for a breath test, where her blood alcohol level was found to be below the legal limit for school bus drivers. more

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