School Bus Drivers Face Random Alcohol, Drug Screening

One bus company says testing has been going on for years

Tom Puckett
September 04, 2018 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Gov. Cuomo last month signed a bill requiring school bus drivers to subject themselves to random drug testing and alcohol screening. One company says that's nothing new to them.

"We've been doing this for 30 years," says Gary Woodcock of Grand Tours and Ridge Road Express. "Once you're hired you're put into a random pool. Over 50 percent are put into a pool for drug testing, and 10 percent for alcohol testing." The new law requires bus drivers to refrain from drinking alcohol eight hours, instead of six hours, prior to the start of their shift. "People know ahead of time. They don't know when or if they'll be chosen, so it keeps them on their toes," explains Woodcock.

Woodcock says it's a great idea. "I wouldn't want my children or grandchildren riding on buses with drivers not subject to that testing," says Woodcock.

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