Bus driver, who was transporting 20 students, faces impaired charges

Lester Mason
August 30, 2017

A school bus driver who collided with another vehicle in Markham and then allegedly refused a breathalyzer test is facing charges.

York regional police say a school bus was carrying at least 20 students from a nearby high school when it crashed into a auto at around 4 p.m. Tuesday, and kept bumping into it.

The driver of the vehicle told police that the school bus hit his auto and then kept bumping into it, the release said.

"Thankfully, no one was injured in the collision, however, when officers began speaking with the driver of the school bus they observed signs of impairment by alcohol and she was subsequently placed under arrest", Const. Andy Pattenden said.

The woman, originally from the Town of Georgina, is now facing two impaired driving-related offences: refusal to provide a breath sample, and risky operation of a motor vehicle.

"The safety of the students we transport is our top priority", the company stated.

Authorities had a hard time getting a clear picture of the crash from witness statements, but were able to get the camera recordings from the bus at the time of the crash.

Stock Transportation conducts background checks and medical exams of all drivers.

In June York Regional Police launched a summer impaired driving prevention campaign called Not One More.

"Impaired driving itself does not seem to be going away, but citizens' tolerance to it seems to be changing", Pattenden said.

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