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Tour bus drivers charged with DUI

Killington, Vermont - January 30, 2011

Two men were arrested Saturday for DUI at the Killington Ski Resort. They were driving tour busses filled with kids.

"We do believe the drivers had been drinking the evening before," said Capt. Jake Elovirta with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Capt. Elovirta said that after a night of partying Friday, three tour bus drivers from Staten Island, New York still had alcohol in their systems early Saturday morning after dropping off 150 students to the Killington Ski Resort. "Of those three buses that came up, all Three drivers had detectable amounts on their person. Two of them were above an .04, which in commercial motor vehicle, is DUI," he said.

Aleksey Gerasimov had a blood alcohol content of .092 percent and Vladimir Ignatovish's level was at .043 percent. They were both processed for DUI and lodged at Marble Valley Correctional Facility. The third driver was under the legal commercial drivers limit of .04 percent, but DMV did put him out of service for 24 hours. "One of my senior inspectors was talking to the driver and advised his supervisor he could smell intoxicants on his person," Capt. Elovirta said.

The four hour motor coach Safety inspection the buses went through is a collaboration between recreational resorts and the DMV's enforcement unit. The checks ensure safe transportation for motor coach passengers. "We're happy the program worked and we're all about having safe operational vehicles on the road," said Rob Megnin, Killington's Director of Sales and Marketing.

Killington was the first resort to partner with the DMV on this initiative two years ago. Now the DMV currently works with four ski resorts in the southern part of the state and hopes to collaborate with resorts in northern Vermont in the near future. "If we discover anything wrong we can make arrangements to have bus or drivers replaced before skiers come down," Capt. Elovirta said.

Which is exactly what happened with the three bus drivers Saturday -- the carrier made arrangements with Rutland transport to pick the children up.

"Something we endorse and will continue to endorse. It's about the safety of people that recreate at our facilities," Megnin said.

"A crash with one person could be horrific and fatal, but magnify that with 50 passengers -- imagine how horrific that could be," Capt. Elovirta said.

Trying to keep all Vermonters and visitors safe.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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