City employee disciplined for driving past stopped school bus

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CORNWALL, Ontario - A member of the city bylaw enforcement office has been disciplined by the department, and could face penalties from the police, for driving past a stopped school bus which had its lights flashing and stop sign displayed.

The incident took place on a four-lane section of Ninth Street near Pitt Street.

Cornwall's Chief Administrative Officer Norm Levac said that the incident was reported by the city to the Cornwall Community Police Service which is reviewing the case.  

Chief Dan Parkinson said the service is aware of the video but has received no formal complaint, from the bus driver or a citizen - which is where police usually start in such cases.

However, he said despite the lack of a formal complaint, the department is looking into the incident.  

What makes this so unusual is that the driver admitted guilt to his employer before police were alerted.  

The incident was caught on camera by a resident and posted on social media. The city would not say what action was taken against the employee, but a spokesman said the driver acknowledged his guilt.  

The employee was driving a van carrying the city's logo and bylaw enforcement lettering. The van was travelling in the opposite direction of the school bus.  

Under the Highway Traffic Act, fines for ignoring a stopped school bus's flashing signals start at $490 and carry six demerit points.

Organizations: Cornwall Police Service

Geographic location: Ontario, Ninth Street, Pitt Street

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Recent comments

  • karen
    May 08, 2014 - 19:53

    There better be consequences. They have been announcing zero tolerance for not stopping. If nothing comes of it everyone should protest.

  • Lisa
    May 08, 2014 - 09:22

    I find it odd their saying no one issued a complaint I know many who have .. Hopefully the proper actions are taken.

  • patty daigle
    May 07, 2014 - 19:56

    I took that video. I'm interested to find out why the chief thinks I didn't issue a complaint. Because I did. Ask his officer who interviewed me.

    • Eileen
      May 08, 2014 - 19:27

      No complaints because they cover their own a$$ and their employees a$$ as well!! They stick together through thick and thin!!