The York Region of Ontario doesn’t have to just worry about drunk drivers in cars, trucks, and minivans; they also have to worry about a person driving impaired in a school bus with their children on board, and that’s the scariest drunk driver of all.
With 20 students on board, a school bus driver in the York Region was driving drunk near Markham. She was called in by a concerned citizen after she struck another vehicle and kept bumping into it over and over again. Thankfully the children on board were not injured.
When police arrived on the scene of the crash they began speaking to the school bus driver and that’s when they realized she was showing signs of being under the influence of alcohol. When asked to provide a breath sample she refused, and she was placed under arrest and charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and refusing a breath sample.
A conviction for a person driving impaired in a school bus carries more consequences than most impaired driving convictions. In this case she was immediately fired from her job and she’ll never be eligible to be hired again as a school bus driver.
The York Region really has had a long run of drunk drivers on the roads, and with this latest arrest of a school bus driver, residents of the Ontario region are probably wondering if and when the safety of their roads will ever improve.
Situations like this are exactly why school bus companies should be required to install ignition interlocks in any vehicle that’s used to transport children. With an ignition interlock installed on the bus the driver wouldn’t have been able to start the bus let alone drive it out into traffic, and with the safety and security of children at stake, that’s a good thing.