A national survey released by the Ad Council found that 60 percent of drivers ages 16 to 24 say they have texted while driving. Washington's State Attorney General Rob McKenna says that statistic is alarming, especially since the dangers of texting and driving are already well-known. For young license-holders who are already more accident-prone than other drivers, texting while driving often leads to terrible crashes including fatal motor vehicle accidents.
In Washington state, when someone's license is suspended or revoked for a drug or alcohol-related driving offense, he or she is sometimes given an Ignition Interlock License. These licenses allow such drivers to drive vehicles that have been equipped with ignition interlock devices, which do not allow the vehicle to start if it detects alcohol on the driver's breath.
It does not appear that any information has been released about what might have caused the school bus crash in central Washington last week that injured 39 students. There is much to investigate in bus accidents--including the driver's history, log books, vehicle maintenance records as well as information about the bus company.