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Abbotsford school bus driver caught speeding through school zone

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – We hear it all the time, “don’t speed through school zones.”

An Abbotsford school bus driver is probably wishing he followed the rules of the road.

Police pulled the driver over going 50 km/h in a 30 km/h zone on Bevan Avenue around 2:45 p.m.

Cst. Ian MacDonald says if that’s not bad enough, there were children on the bus.

“We have since had conversations with the school district. My understanding is that the school district will be investigating this matter further,” he explains.

MacDonald says the driver, a 40 year old man from the Fraser Valley, was issued a ticket and sent on his way.

“Much like any other driver, you know, if you happened to be speeding and you had your children in your car, you’d be issued the violation ticket unless there was something in your driving history that would indicate that you should be prohibited from driving further, or unless you’re in an excessive speed scenario,” he adds.

Dave Stephen with the Abbotsford School District says the manager of transportation will be meeting with the driver. “They’ll go over the infraction and then there’s a process, depending on how serious the infraction is.”

He says this is the driver’s first infraction. “There is a range of actions that can be taken, but first the meeting has to happen. They look at what the charges are, the ticket, there may be a conversation with the Abbotsford Police.”

Stephen says the driver may get a letter on his file or a reduction in duties. “There would unlikely be a suspension in a scenario like this where it’s a speeding infraction. If there was a more serious consequence, that would be brought to bear for looking at what would happen.”