School bus driver charged with impaired driving, kids on board
A school bus driver who was pulled over Wednesday morning while taking students to school in St. Johns is suspected of being drunk on the job, police say.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a report of a possibly impaired school bus driver around 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
The driver, a 71-year-old man, was pulled over in the area of Old Bay Bulls Road in St. John's.
He has been charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
The bus was headed to Bishops College high school in the central area of St. John's, the RNC said.
Meanwhile, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has responded to Wednesday's incident.
"One of the duties of the school district is to pick children up at the bus stop and drive them safely to school," said CEO Darrin Pike.
"In the case that this turns out to be true and factual that a bus driver that was impaired, I mean we've got the students on the bus, we have a large heavy vehicle on the roads, so not only are students that they're picking up at risk, students at the bus stop are at risk, the general public is at risk."
The accused was released to appear in court at a later date.