Letter: Party bus driver isn't to blame

A luxury party bus was discovered at a

A luxury party bus was discovered at a rest area in Southampton off of the Long Island Expressway with 42 passengers ages 16 and 17, many of them drunk, according to State Police. Photo Credit: iStock

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I read about the party bus driver, Luis A. Guevara-Henriquz, being charged with child endangerment ["Party bus driver: 'I just did a job,' " News, April 24]. He drove a bus in which a group of teenagers became intoxicated and unruly. I'm outraged at how the blame was misplaced in this incident.

What about the kids, do they bear any responsibility for their behavior? Should parents have been more alert?

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The driver's primary responsibility was to operate a large motor vehicle, keeping his eyes on the road, his mind on the traffic and his hands on the wheel. That's what he did, and that's what I would want him to do if my child were on that bus.

Recent events have made it very clear how tragic the results can be when bus drivers make mistakes. If it's illegal to use a cellphone while driving because it can be a dangerous distraction, how can a driver be expected to police 42 teenagers while safely operating a bus?

All charges should be dismissed against Guevara-Henriquz. The parents, and whoever supplied the alcohol, should apologize to him, pay his legal bills and thank him for the fact that everyone made it home safely.

Chris Karrmann, Hicksville


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