Why was Canadian tour bus driver allowed to drive in U.S. with suspended license?
It looks like the U.S. Boarder Patrol took a page from the TSA playbook. A Canadian tour bus driver was allowed to enter the United States and drive his bus with a suspended license. The tour bus, with 53 passengers on-board, was traveling to New York City from Hamilton, Ontario.
The tour bus had been traveling on the NYS Thruway when the driver had to pull to the side of the road to fix a mechanical problem around 0130 hours on Friday, July 22. It is believed that shortly after pulling back into the travel lane, the bus was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. The bus and the truck burst into flames.
The truck driver was killed, 30 passengers were injured, two critically.
Why was this tour bus driver allowed to even enter the United States with a suspended license. According to media reports, his license has been suspended for almost five years due to multiple speeding violations in the U.S.
How is it that the U.S. Boarder Patrol, who monitors the U.S. - Canadian crossings, missed this little fact? It's not like the guy is riding a bike into the U.S. - he's behind the wheel of a tour bus!
The point is that this incident was preventable. It could have been avoided if the Boarder Patrol checked the drivers status in the U.S. They either didn't bother to check or didn't have access to the drivers U.S. license information...both options worry me.
The Department of Homeland Security is a failed model of preparedness.
If the Boarder Patrol can't get a tour bus driver off the U.S. highways, how are they going to find other threats crossing the boarder? Has the Boarder Patrol been reading the TSA manual on Domestic Stupidity?