School bus driver charged for impaired driving in Northern Manitoba

A school bus operator in northwest Manitoba is facing impaired driving charges after blowing twice the legal limit while driving children to school earlier this week.

The operator of a school bus carrying children in Northern Manitoba has been charged with impaired driving after he blew twice the legal limit earlier this week. 

It took place in the community of Waywayseecappo, located more than 300 kilometres Northwest of Winnipeg. 

Officials with the Manitoba First Nations Police Service say the man was charged Monday after a band member suspected they were drunk and called police. 

“Everybody would like to feel their children are safe when they’re going to school, so it’s very concerning,” said Insp. Darryl Hunter, who is in charge of operations for the west district.

He said the issue is alarming, especially given the fact the bus was carrying children at the time, but says it is very rare. 

He says they’re reminding kids and young people in the community to call authorities if something doesn’t seem right saying it’s important to report problematic behaviour.

“When it comes to this incident, it’s about educating our children and ensuring they know when to call an adult or parent if something is not right, whether it’s their bus driver, or anyone that is around them,” said Hunter. 

“Any time we can get an impaired operator — whether it’s drugs or alcohol — off the road is a great win for everybody.” 

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