Wednesday, January 13, 2010

San Mateo Driver Arrested for Suspicion of DUI

A San Mateo bus driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she rear-ended a Toyota Avlalon in Burlingame last week.

Sharon Tebo-Davis admitted to the police that she had taken some prescription medication before driving the bus.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the bus accident.

Police reported that Tebo-Davis was arrested after the Avalon driver called 911 because she appeared confused and could not provide basic information about the crash.

A spokeswoman from SamTrans said that Tebo Davis is employed through MV transportation.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on what type of disciplinary measure will be given to Tebo-Davis.

If any of the passengers got injured, they can sue the bus company.

When the liable party are common carriers like taxi, train or in this case, a bus, it is much simpler to prove the liability compared to other vehicular accidents.

As common carriers or companies in the business of transporting people, they are required by law to practice a higher level of care when driving.

Instead of proving negligence, the injured party only needs to prove that the bus driver did not meet the standard of care required of him to prove his and the bus company’s liability.

Driving while under the influence of drugs, even legally obtained from a doctor, falls short of that standard.