Thursday, 20 February 2014

School bus driver caught over the drink-drive limit

West Sussex,England - Warning: School children, education,color,vertical,West Sussex,England,warning,school,children,symbol,sign

A bus driver, whose vehicle was laden with primary school children, has been found guilty of being in charge of a vehicle while over the drink-drive limit.
He was a professional driver with over 30 years of experience, but failed a breath test after being stopped in Kington Langley, Wiltshire, while dropping children off at a local primary school.

The experienced driver claimed he had been at a football match the night before and had not eaten anything for breakfast.  District judge Simon Cooper said: "You are a man with a long and unblemished driving career. This was drinking the night before. It remains in your system. It has an effect.

"Driving through a narrow village with cars parked on each side at that time of the morning, and these buses are not small, they're large.

"There is potential to cause serious damage."

The court also heard that he had been driving HGVs since 1982 and had a clean licence but he immediately resigned from his job following his arrest.

He was handed a 16-month driving disqualification, which will be reduced to 14-months should he complete a drink-driver course. He was also fined £120

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