17:491.3     Reporting of certain arrests;  requirements;  failure to report


A. Effective January 1, 2011, and thereafter, a school bus operator shall report his arrest for a violation of R.S. 14:98, 98.1, or any other law or ordinance that prohibits operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or any abused substance or controlled dangerous substance set forth in the schedules provided in R.S. 40:964.


B. The report required by Subsection A of this Section shall be made by the operator to a person or persons as specified by the governing authority of the school in rules and regulations required by this Section.  Such report shall be made within twenty-four hours of the arrest or prior to the operator next reporting for his work assignment as a school bus operator, whichever time period is shorter.  Such report shall be made by the school bus operator regardless of who owns or leases the vehicle being driven by the operator at the time of the offense for which he was arrested and regardless of whether the operator was performing an official duty or responsibility as a school bus operator at the time of the offense.


C. The provisions of this Section shall apply to an arrest occurring after December 31, 2010, for a violation as specified in Subsection A of this Section.


D. (1) A school bus operator who fails to comply with the provisions of this Section shall be terminated by the governing authority employing the operator if such operator is serving a probationary term of employment as provided by R.S. 17:492 or if the provisions of law relative to probation and tenure of bus operators are not applicable to the operator.


(2) A school bus operator employed by a city, parish, or other local public school board who is a regular and permanent employee of the board as provided by R.S. 17:492 shall be subject to removal as provided by R.S. 17:493 for failure to comply with the provisions of this Section.  Written and signed charges alleging such failure shall be brought against the bus operator.


E. The governing authority of each public elementary or secondary school, by not later than October 1, 2010, shall adopt rules, regulations, and procedures necessary to administer the provisions of this Section.  Such rules, regulations, and procedures shall be consistent with the provisions of this Section.


F. For the purposes of this Section, "school bus operator" means any employee of a city, parish, or other local public school board or other governing authority of a public elementary or secondary school whose duty it is to transport students in any school bus or activity bus to and from a school approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education or to and from any school-related activity.


Added by Acts 2010, No. 533, ยง 1, eff. June 24, 2010.