Party Bus Driver Of Drunk Teens Botched The Job

Jim Luff
Posted on April 30, 2014

Arrested Long Island party-bus driver says, “I just did a job,” after being arrested for having drunk minors in possession of alcohol on his limo bus.

 
Really? Was Luis A. Guevara-Henriquez doing his job? He had 42 passengers onboard.  All of them were 16-17 years old. They were in possession of more than 100 cans of beer and gallons of whiskey and rum.

Guevara-Henriquez was arrested for child endangerment. Shocker! When I train new chauffeurs, I always tell them that if they are stopped by law enforcement and they have minors in the car with alcohol, there really is only one person who could have bought the alcohol for them: The chauffeur.  
 
As a company, we have a policy that requires purses, backpacks, fanny packs, suitcases, briefcases etc. to be checked for alcohol and/or drugs. As for Guevara-Henriquez claiming he “just did a job,, the claim stinks. The chauffeur is the captain of the ship, whatever ship that might be. It is his JOB to control the introduction of items on his bus. To have more than 100 cans of beer on the bus, this driver must have been asleep during boarding time. To not realize that your minor passengers are intoxicated would mean the driver must have been wearing earplugs.

The police have stated their opinion: A driver is always responsible for what is in his vehicle and the safety of his passengers. The same thing applies if you get pulled over in a personal vehicle and your passengers have illicit drugs. It is still your vehicle. You can be arrested.

Guevara-Henriquez exclaimed in court, “I shouldn’t be going through this.” Yes, you SHOULD! You failed to maintain a safe environment on your bus. You failed to observe what was being brought on the bus. You failed to react to the situation at hand and got caught. You represented this industry in a very poor manner.

— Jim Luff, LCT contributing editor 

Related Topics: criminal incidents, difficult clients, drunk passengers, Jim Luff, limo buses, New York operators, party buses, underage drinking

Jim Luff Contributing Editor
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  • JT

     | about 2 years ago

    Excellent points. Safety is certainly something that I've put a lot of thought into as a driver myself. Specifically, as it relates to alcohol. Here are a few things I might be able to add to the discussion. Operators Should Enforce a Zero Tolerance on Underage Drinking One of the things I like about my employer -- http://www.funtimesatlantapartybus.com -- is that they've instituted a company wide zero tolerance policy on underage drinking. They've even gone so far as to integrate questions about age and drinking into the telephone intake process. To the extent that if the caller indicates that there will be underage passengers the owners suggest designating an adult chaperone to ensure that the passengers behave themselves in an orderly fashion. Limit Dancing Times Okay, while some might think this defeats the purpose of hailing a party bus, dancing at the time of impact can prove tragic. So something that I've started doing with my passengers is only allowing them to dance when the bus is standing still. But once again, this is a great article. I think that it's something that all party bus drivers and operators consider addressing before states across the country begin doing it for us.

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