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Bus driver in Alberta faces drunk driving charges

A school bus driver in Red Deer is facing criminal charges following an accident, according to local sources. Alberta authorities arrested the 42-year-old woman after she allegedly crashed her loaded bus into a tree. While no one was injured in the crash, she still faces drunk driving charges for her role in the accident. 

According to eyewitness reports from the individual who called the police, the woman was transporting 18 students, aged 5 to 12, around 4 p.m. the afternoon of June 5. For reasons unknown, her bus left the road and crashed into a tree and a sign before continuing on. Authorities responded to the crash, and the woman was tested on-site by emergency medical services. Police subsequently began an investigation to determine if the woman was driving while impaired. 

The company that employs the driver, Prairie Bus Lines, has gone on record saying that it has a no-tolerance policy in place for employees using drugs or alcohol on the job. They said the woman did not exhibit visible signs of intoxication when she left for her afternoon run on the day in question. In the meantime, she has been charged with impaired driving and is due in court on July 12. 

Drunk driving charges are very serious allegations to fight, particularly for someone who makes their living operating a motor vehicle. However, it is the burden of Alberta prosecutors to prove the woman was legally drunk at the time of the accident. If they are unable to provide sufficient and compelling evidence of her alleged intoxication, the case could be dismissed or the charges lessened. 

Source: CTV Calgary, "Red Deer school bus driver charged with impaired driving", Colleen Schmidt, June 6, 2017

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