No matter how much education is out there, many people never learn the dangers of getting loaded and sliding behind the wheel.
Last weekend, a 27-year-old Warren woman was charged with drunken driving, second offense, after she allegedly caused a Tiverton-bound school bus to go off the road on Route 24 and roll, injuring more than 20 people. Some of them are still hospitalized.
Christy Gilpatrick is free on bail and will get her day in court. She carries the presumption of innocence.
But she won't be the last person arrested on a DUI charge before the year ends.
As a reporter, I wrote countless drunken-driving stories, some more horrific than others. The highest blood-alcohol level I ever saw in a police report was 0.401 (the legal limit is 0.08). That person is somehow still among us.
The "ripple effect" TV ads currently airing are heartbreaking, because all those stories were avoidable if someone had made a better choice.
The people from Tiverton surely thought they were staying safe by booking a school bus to the La Salette Shrine and back.
Let's hope their story is the worst we hear for the rest of 2018.
ODDZNENDZ: I saw Queen perform three times in the 1970s. And "Bohemian Rhapsody" does a good job depicting the excitement.
Some of the history feels a bit off, but the movie is a cut above most rock biopics.
• R.I.P: Keith Robinson, one of the funniest and strongest guys I ever met.
• President George H.W. Bush had a good friend in Newport in the late Eileen Slocum.
• Presidential funerals are always classy productions, as Bush's was this week.
• One of Bush's most significant accomplishments was signing the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before 1990, people with disabilities had very few legal protections.
• "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond won the Pulitzer Prize two years ago, deservedly so. It depicts several families in Milwaukee grappling with addictions, mental illness, unemployment and bad choices that lead to eviction.
Desmond makes a convincing case that poverty leads to eviction, but eviction can also trigger years of poverty.
• Driverless cars sound dangerous. But considering some of the nitwits on the roads (the guy who zips from lane to lane for a mile, and ends up a few feet ahead of you at the red light), driverless may be safer.
• Isn't it time to put "Dilly dilly" to rest?
• The NFL goes berserk about a player supposedly using a football with a few puffs of air removed. But it looks the other way when a player rages and shoves a woman.
If the league can pay $22 million to probe Deflategate, how come it can't pay someone off to get hotel video on Kareem Hunt? TMZ managed it.
Jim Gillis is a Daily News columnist. Send him email at email@example.com.