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York Regional Police has charged a school bus driver with impaired-related offences following a collision in the City of Markham.

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, shortly before 4 p.m., York Regional Police received a call from the driver of a vehicle that had been struck by a school bus in the area of Enterprise Boulevard and Warden Avenue. The driver advised that the school bus struck her car then kept bumping into it. When officers arrived they found the full-size school bus with at least 20 students from Bill Crothers Secondary School on board, had in fact collided with a car. No one was injured.

When officers spoke with the driver of the school bus they observed signs of impairment by alcohol and she was placed under arrest. She was transported to #5 District Headquarters for a breath test, which she refused.

Charged:

• A 54-year-old woman from the Town of Georgina

Charges:

• Refuse to Provide Breath Sample
• Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle

On Friday, June 30, 2017, York Regional Police launched a summer impaired-driving prevention campaign Not One More, with the goal of preventing another impaired driving-related tragedy like the devastating collision that claimed the lives of the Neville-Lake children and their grandfather.

As a part of this campaign, York Regional Police has been posting and handing out drawings that were done by the close friends of Daniel, Milly and Harrison Neville-Lake that depict the pain and loss suffered by the children as a result of impaired driving.

York Regional Police thanks the citizens who chose to make the right decision to not drink and drive. We also want to thank the members of the community for helping us stop and arrest impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 through the Safe Roads…Your Call program. We consider these incidents a life-threatening crime in progress and will continue to respond to these calls.

If you see dangerous driving or behaviors on the road that could jeopardize the safety of motorists and pedestrians, you are encouraged to contact police immediately.