GO Transit bus driver charged with impaired driving in what Metrolinx calls a first

GO Transit bus driver charged with impaired driving in what Metrolinx calls a first

A GO Transit bus driver has been charged with impaired driving after Peel police say his breath test results were more than three times the legal limit on Friday night.

Const. Mark Fischer, spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said the man, a 37-year-old from Toronto, was driving a route that started at Union Station and later apprehended at the Square One bus terminal in Mississauga after a bus supervisor called police about his behavior, Fischer said.

According to Fischer, the driver's breath test results were around 280 milligrams — more than three times the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

The driver has now been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and excess consumption over 80 milligrams due to alcohol, Fischer said.

First time in GO Transit history

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said this is the first time this has happened in GO Transit history.

"In our 50 years, we've never had a driver charged with impaired while on duty. It's shocking," she said.

She said a bus supervisor was doing a "routine check" at the Square One terminal and became concerned about the driver's behavior, then called Peel police.

Aikins would not provide more details due to the police investigation.

An internal investigation is also underway, and the driver — who has been working for GO for nine years — has been removed from duty, Aikins said.

"We're taking this very seriously... We have a zero tolerance approach to any drinking and driving," she added.

She said Metrolinx will be looking at all the policies and procedures being used, and how the organization can strengthen them.

Fischer said the driver has been released from police custody on a promise to appear in court later this month.