Ontario school bus driver charged with stunt driving

The driver of a school bus with children on board is facing stunt driving charges after he was caught speeding nearly twice the legal limit, according to provincial police.

The Ontario Provincial Police in the Upper Ottawa Valley said a 54-year-old school bus driver was charged after he was clocked at 106 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on Tuesday after -noon.

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

Police say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Micksburg Road in Laurentian Valley Township, about an hour and a half west of Ottawa.

The driver was charged with operating a motor vehicle at excessive speed and exceeding the posted speed limit by 1 to 49 km/h, police said.

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

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

The driver was scheduled to appear in Ontario Provincial Offenses Court in Pembroke.

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