03/18/2011 05:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Evelyn Guzman, Connecticut School Bus Driver, Charged For Texting While Driving

A Connecticut school bus driver is now facing serious charges after police received video footage of her sending and receiving text messages while driving.

According to the Hartford Courant, driver Evelyn Guzman, 47, of Stratford, turned herself in and is being charged with risk of injury to a minor and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Daily Mail reports Guzman sent and received a total of 1,068 text messages during a month. Reports speculate whether all of those texts were made during hours on the job.

Guzman was released on a $1,500 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court March 25.



Connecticut lawmakers are currently considering increasing the penalties for violating distracted driving laws. NBC Connecticut reports three new proposals that would go into effect in October if passed:

One proposal is an immediate 24-hour suspension of a driver's license for drivers who have been issued a summons for two or more incidents of talking or texting.

Another bill under consideration would give police officers the authority to seize the phone or electronic device the driver was using and impound it for 48 hours.

Another proposal is to increase fines to as much as $500 or three months in prison for repeat offenders.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time a bus driver has been caught texting while behind the wheel. School bus driver Connie Hankins, 37, was caught using her cell phone with a dozen kids on board last year, according to WFMY News.