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Letter: DUI Laws Need to Be Changed

To the Editor:

I was appalled to learn in a front-page story that the legal blood alcohol content for a Vermont school bus driver is 0.02 (“Bus Driver Charged With DUI,” Nov. 6). And after verifying this with the Vermont statutes, I also learned that anyone under the age of 21 driving in Vermont with this same BAC can be arrested for being intoxicated. And after I reviewed the New Hampshire statutes, it turns out that school bus drivers in New Hampshire can drive with a BAC of 0.04.

How is it that the DUI statutes in both states specifically allow school bus drivers to drive our children to and from school, as well as to sporting events and field trips, while having a sanctioned amount of alcohol in their blood? It seems only logical to me that the legal blood alcohol content for school bus drivers should be mandated as 0.00 — none, nada. Period.

Should any of your readers agree with this proposition, I urge them to contact their respective legislators to initiate corrective action. I have already taken this step. I also urge the Valley News to advocate for appropriate legislative action both by publishing relevant stories on this topic and through the use of its editorial page.

Hank Buermeyer

East Corinth