Update: Arrest of driver for impaired horrifying: school board

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School board CEO Darrin Pike is horrified and upset over an incident this morning in which a school bus driver is alleged to have been impaired, compromising the safety of children.

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There were about four teenage high school students on the bus when the arrest of the driver happened at about the second bus stop on the route to Bishops College in St. John’s.

“This is not something you can, in any kind of world, imagine happening in the school system and is totally acceptable,” said Pike, CEO and director of education for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

“If this is proven to be actual fact (in court) that we have a driver that was impaired while they are driving, then our reaction is to be expected — it’s not good.”

Police received an anonymous tip just before 8 a.m. about a possible impaired school bus driver in the area of Old Bay Bulls Road.

A 71-year-old man has been charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood.

He was released to appear in court at a later date.

Pike said if the charge results in a conviction, the board, as will the public, will be looking for appropriate justice.

“This is one of those cases where rare is not good enough. There’s only one answer and it has got to be zero,” said Pike, who could not recall a similar incident in recent years.

The driver is employed by City Wide, a private contractor, and it is believed he has been a driver for a number of years, Pike said.

While his future employment as any kind of driver is up to City Wide, he has been suspended from school bus routes, Pike said.

Some 900 buses move 47,000 students through the system. While there were only four kids on the bus and the board is glad no one was hurt on heavy rain-slicked roads, that doesn’t mean it’s any less shocking, Pike said.

“It doesn’t mitigate the issue,” he said.

“This is something that cannot occur. We’re glad someone did issue a complaint and the RNC jumped on it as quickly as it did.”

 

 

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(Earlier story)

School bus driver, 71, charged with impaired driving in St. John’s area

As a result of a public report this morning to the RNC a school bus driver has been charged with impaired driving.

According to a release around 8 a.m., officers from patrol services responded to a report of a possible impaired school bus driver in the area of Old Bay Bulls Road.

“As a result of the subsequent investigation, a 71-year-old male was charged with impaired driving and operation of a motor vehicle with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood,” it says.

He was released to appear in court at a later date.

The RNC has confirmed there were children on board the bus at the time of the arrest. The RNC made the traffic stop as a result of receiving an anonymous tip.

The RNC reminds the public to forward any information in relation to unsafe or illegal operation of motor vehicles to the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymous information on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

Organizations: Crime Stoppers, NL Crime Stoppers Website

Geographic location: Old Bay Bulls Road

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  • not the only one...
    December 04, 2013 - 17:57

    There was a drunk bus driver reported in the Marystown area approx 8 years ago. A family member reported it and it was dealt with. However, there is something wrong when the man who reported it got ridiculed at work for reporting and doing the right thing that he felt he had to quit his job. Small towns for ya.

  • J
    December 04, 2013 - 14:46

    While I was working in town I followed a impaired driver for a hour or so while on the phone with the dispatcher, never got them after all. Now back to the point this fella should b locked up for life as he was jeopardizing students safety not good enough but all he will get is that's bad and don't do it again, the justice system is a joke

  • JB
    December 04, 2013 - 14:45

    I called to report a driver about two years ago. The male who took the call told me the only way I could make a complaint was to do it in person! Lazy bunch.

  • AM
    December 04, 2013 - 14:35

    Thank god for the anonymous tipster and the good work of the RNC!!! Their actions may have saved lives.

  • Michelle
    December 04, 2013 - 14:35

    How could someone care so little about putting others in danger? If some idiot wants to drive drunk and hurt themselves, then have at it. Unfortunately, innocent people end up getting hurt. I know the RNC are always saying report possible impaired drivers but I called several months ago to report a guy passing me on Logy Bay Rd driving on the wrong side of the road, and the guy I spoke with at RNC was a jerk and could not have cared less.

  • terry sears
    December 04, 2013 - 13:02

    My wife an I were almost run over on our motorcyle by a drunk driver a year ago. We called the RNC, followed the guy as he attempted to park at two liqour stores. RNC never did show up, after several calls by numerous witnesses. RNC later blamed the mess on a screw-up by the dispatcher. Whatever....not the first and won't be the last.

  • terry sears
    December 04, 2013 - 13:02

    My wife an I were almost run over on our motorcyle by a drunk driver a year ago. We called the RNC, followed the guy as he attempted to park at two liqour stores. RNC never did show up, after several calls by numerous witnesses. RNC later blamed the mess on a screw-up by the dispatcher. Whatever....not the first and won't be the last.

  • B
    December 04, 2013 - 11:28

    They give you the numbers to call but when I called to report a suspended driver a couple of weeks ago the lady I spoke with got her back up and said well how would you know.. I said because he was laughing about it and they never sent a car first or last. So what's the point??

    • Jan
      December 05, 2013 - 03:48

      Why would she even ASK you how would you know? Send the authorities! Send them now!! She should have been fired on the spot! No wonder people drink and drive and drive without a license! They are all laughing. Its nothing but a mockery!