Ontario school bus driver charged with stunt driving

The driver of a school bus with children on board has been charged with stunt driving after being caught almost twice the legal limit, provincial police said.

Ontario Provincial Police in the Upper Ottawa Valley says a 54-year-old school bus driver has been charged after driving 106 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on Tuesday afternoon.

Children were on the school bus at the time of the incident, the OPP said, and alternative transport was arranged for the students after the driver stopped.

Police say the incident happened at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, on Micksburg Road in Laurentian Valley Township, about 1.5 hours west of Ottawa.

The driver has been charged with speeding a motor vehicle and speeding more than 1-49 km/h above the stated limit, police said.

The driver’s license was also suspended for 30 days and the school bus was towed and seized for 14 days.

“In July 2021, the threshold for stunt driving was lowered. Drivers caught speeding more than 40 kilometers per hour in a speed zone of 80 kilometers per hour or less can be charged,” the OPP told the Star in an email.

The driver was due to appear at the Ontario Provincial Offenses Court in Pembroke.

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