When people hear the term Driving While Impaired, or Driving Under the Influence, they usually think alcohol is involved, however, North Carolina law also includes operating under the influence of impairing substances, both legal and illegal. A school bus driver in Randolph County has been charged with speeding and driving left of center, and the pending toxicology tests could result in more charges.
The driver admitted taking a sedating allergy medicine the night before he crashed a school bus occupied by students. The bus hit a mailbox before careening down a ditch. One student suffered minor injuries.