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School bus driver charged with distracted driving while transporting children

Ontario Provincial Police have charged a school bus driver with distracted driving after she was filmed using a mobile pone while allegedly operating a bus with children on board.

OPP reviewed video of Jan. 29 incident and charged 32-year-old driver from Marmora and Lake, Ont.

A school bus driver north of Belleville, Ont., has been charged with distracted driving, OPP say. (Doug Husby/CBC)

Ontario Provincial Police have charged a school bus driver with distracted driving after she was filmed using a mobile pone while allegedly operating a bus with children on board.

OPP responded to a report about the incident on Jan. 29, and investigators were provided with a video showing a woman driving while using the device, according to an OPP news release issued Friday.

The video was shot by a student on the bus, OPP said. The students on board were from kindergarten to Grade 8.

It happened in Stirling-Rawdon Township, just north of Belleville.

The 32-year-old driver from Marmora and Lake was charged on Feb. 6, and the school bus company was notified, OPP said.

OPP are reminding residents that on Jan. 1, 2019, the penalties for distracted driving increased for motorists in Ontario:

  • Maximum fine is $1,000.
  • 3 demerit points for a first offence.
  • 3-day licence suspension.
  • Penalties rise for subsequent convictions.

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