Posts Tagged ‘dui’

Another School Bus Driver Charged with Drunken Driving

November 4, 2010

Dinah Lynn Patterson McGlothlin drunk school bus driver

By my calculation,  63-year-old Knox County school bus driver, Dinah Lynn Patterson McGlothlin, charged Tuesday morning with drunken driving is the latest in a long string of school bus drivers charged with impaired driving already for this school year.  We have documented at least nine (9) incidents already and we are only in the third month of the school year!

Dinah Lynn Patterson McGlothlin was charged after a crash at a traffic light where a box truck was stopped, said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Officers charged McGlothlin with drunken driving and reckless driving. DeBusk said McGlothlin submitted to a field sobriety test and then was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for a blood test.

McGlothlin was driving bus 360 at the time of the 6:26 a.m. crash. She was en route to begin picking up preschool children for Cedar Bluff Elementary School. She also transports special education children for Hardin Valley Academy, DeBusk said.

Witnesses told police the bus, which has a capacity of about 20 students, had driven up on the curb of the road and nearly struck another vehicle at least twice before the impact.

The bus slammed into a food-delivery box truck stopped at the end of the ramp from Interstate 40 East to Cedar Bluff Road, authorities said. No one was injured in the crash, DeBusk said. Both vehicles were driven from the scene. The box truck was driven by Steven Hodges, 40, of Sevierville, DeBusk said. Hodges was driving for Five Star Foods in Alcoa.

DeBusk said there was no evidence of alcohol on the bus. “She had some items in her pockets, but we’re not sure if that’s what led to her condition,” he said.  DeBusk said it appears the driver was impaired by pills and alcohol.

Are you as scared for our kids as I am?

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April 15, 2009

When I read that April was Alcohol Awareness Month, my first thought was, “Do we still need an entire month dedicated to the dangers associated with alcohol?” then immediately my next thought was “YES, WE DO!” And not just an average ole yes, but an emphatic YES! Actually, I think a better question is, “Given that society has known about the dangers of alcohol for what, 100 years or so now (wasn’t that the driving force behind prohibition?), why is it still necessary to have a whole month dedicated to dangers of alcohol – especially the combination of alcohol and driving?”

On my last entry, I blogged about how if anyone should have gotten the message about the dangers of driving impaired a coroner certainly should have. Unfortunately, there was at least one coroner in Indiana that didn’t quite get that message and my question was if HE hasn’t gotten the message, is there any hope for the rest of society. My answer to that is, “I have serious, and I do mean serious, doubts.”

Case in point:
More than 25 years ago, when I took my son to sign him up for kindergarten, I was told I needed to first sign up him for Traffic Safety School. Traffic Safety School consisted of children riding big wheels through a maze set up around the playground while instructors (mostly police officers) told the students about different dangers along the way and how to stay safe. When one of the dangers they mentioned was drunk driving, I thought to myself, “Aren’t we starting just a tad bit young here?” Twenty-five years ago we were just starting to hear the message “driving impaired kills” and fortunately a there were a quite a few who listened. Unfortunately, we are discovering everyday there are just as many who haven’t.

Now as a grandmother who everyday receives numerous Google alerts that coroners, police officers, firemen and paramedics who see firsthand the deadly consequences of impaired driving are they themselves being arrested for driving under the influence, I am thinking, “Are we starting early enough?” and “ Is there any real hope we will ever eradicate this problem?” Because quite honestly, even after more than a decade of being bombarded with a blizzard of information there is just too many who have missed the point behind the memos, bulletins, signs, billboards, bodies alongside the road, and even the autopsies.

So, my question now is, “What can be done that hasn’t already been done to get this message to finally sink in?

Leading Cause of Death for Teenagers

March 18, 2009

For decades the American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that the leading cause of death for teenagers, are motor vehicle accidents.    Wouldn’t it be great to change that?

We all know that as much as parents talk to their children, and schools talk to their students, and even pediatricians talk to their patients about the dangers of driving under the influence, it doesn’t always sink in.    Just as a parent would never think of placing their toddler on the front seat of the car and then drive away thinking all is well just because they instructed the toddler to sit still till they got to where they were going; a parent should never fool themselves into thinking that just because someone told a teenager that driving under the influence could seriously injure or kill them will keep them from doing it “just this once”. Unfortunately, what they don’t seem to understand, but what we know, is that “just this once” is once too many.

So, as a mother who was serious about making sure that her children did NOT make the sometimes fatal mistake of thinking . . . I can handle it . . . Parents worry too much . . . It won’t happen to me . . . I decided to develop and patent a screening process designed to keep someone impaired from alcohol or illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs from being able to start their car.  I knew that it needed to be extremely discreet, simple to use, but most importantly, highly effective in determining impairment.   So, Cleared2Drive was born.  Just perform 6 simple tasks and you are on your way – all in about 10 seconds.   It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Grandmother Introduces Technology to Prevent Impaired Driving

February 18, 2009

An Ohio grandmother of two has introduced a technology in the fight against impaired driving. Elaine Futrell has patented a formula that uses complex computer algorithms to detect when a person is impaired from prescription, illegal, or over-the-counter drugs and/or alcohol by measuring the amount of time it takes that person to complete a sequence of tasks. Cleared2Drive instantly compares a person’s current data to their historical data and if the two sets don’t match, the system won’t permit the vehicle to be started. Futrell’s has spent the last several years perfecting the technology, including hiring outside companies to test the accuracy of her computer algorithms. They confirmed what scientists have known for years; when a person is impaired their reaction time is diminished.

Futrell states, “Initially I envisioned this technology being used after a DUI arrest, but from day one, we have received calls from individuals whose loved one is an addict. When we started receiving these calls almost daily, I knew we needed to make this technology available to everyone.”

According to Futrell, discretion plays a bigger role in a person’s decision to buy than price. “No one likes to be embarrassed when they need to start their vehicle, but unfortunately, that is what a breathalyzer does. With the Cleared2Drive System, passengers don’t even realize that anything out of the ordinary is being done. The driver only has to perform 6 simple tasks and they are on their way – usually in about 10 seconds. It’s just that simple.”

Even though the Cleared2Drive System appears very simple to use, it is highly effective in detecting impairment.
The Cleared2Drive System first requires the driver to identify themselves via their fingerprint then they must perform an assigned sequence of tasks. The system develops a distinctive algorithm for each individual based upon their normal reaction time in completing the sequence. Each time the driver is successful in starting their vehicle, the system’s patented technology analyzes the information and records it in each person’s data base. When a person either varies from their “normal” reaction time or doesn’t complete their assigned sequence in the correct order, it sends a signal to the Cleared2Drive System that something is wrong and prevents the vehicle from being started.

The Cleared2Drive system allows each driver 3 opportunities to get the sequence correct before locking them out for 2 hours. However, just because that individual is locked out doesn’t mean the vehicle can’t be driven by another driver already installed in the system.

The word is spreading.
Futrell reports, “We are now getting calls from parents whose child is going away for college or has a newly licensed teenager who is concerned that their child might make the fatal mistake of driving under the influence. I empathize with them because we all know that it only takes one mistake to permanently damage a young person’s life. Sometimes under age drivers don’t want their parents to find out they have been illegally “partying”, so instead of calling home or spending the night, they will risk driving impaired. Unfortunately, what they don’t realize but we as parents know, just how big of a risk that can be.”

Futrell is the first to acknowledge, people don’t come to her looking for technology.
“Our customers aren’t looking for technology; they are desperately seeking peace of mind. Any person, who has ever stayed up worrying about the safety of their loved one, knows exactly what I am talking about. We understand their worries, and appreciate their concerns,” said Futrell. Cleared2Drive was created to ease worries and allow families to start rebuilding lives and relationships.

About Cleared2Drive
Unlike humiliating breathalyzers, the Cleared2Drive System is a discreet ignition interlock system that uses sophisticated computer algorithms to detect when a person is impaired from prescription, illegal, over-the-counter drugs, and/or alcohol. Cleared2Drive does this by measuring the amount of time it takes that person to complete a sequence of tasks and comparing that information to the individual’s stored historical data. If the two sets of information don’t match it won’t permit the vehicle to be started. Cleared2Drive’s goal is to provide peace of mind to individuals who’s loved one is suffering from a substance abuse problem, while at the same provide a certain level of freedom to the addict.

Complete information is available at http://www.cleared2drive.com.