BENGALURU: Two school bus drivers were arrested by Wilson Garden police on Friday for driving while drunk.
Around 10.30am, traffic police who were doing a routine check on K H Road noticed that two school buses of New Horizon Gurukul in Marathalli were being driven in a reckless manner and the bus drivers were not in uniform. Police said in the first bus (KA51C5017), there 40 children and the second bus (KA51C5023) was carrying 41 children. Krishna (35)and Venkataswamy (28) were arrested.
“We booked them for drunk driving and seized the vehicles,” said a police officer. Express tried to contact New Horizon Gurukul school management, but they were unavailable for comment
When Express checked previous traffic violations for the bus with registration number KA51C5023, it had nine pending cases, which included five cases of a driver speaking on the mobile phone while driving. There were no cases against the bus with registration number KA51C5017.
Abhishek Goyal, Deputy Commissioner of Traffic, East division, tweeted: “Today 2 more #SchoolVan drivers caught for #DrunkenDriving by @Wilsongardentrf cops. Prevented a potential disaster.”
Netizens urged police to take action against school management and drivers.
Anand, a parent, replied to Goyal on Twitter — “Thanks a ton! My son studies there! What action have u taken against the school authorities? Feeling concerned.”
On Thursday, Halasuru Gate traffic police seized a private van ferrying school students and its driver was found drunk. On August 4, Adugodi traffic police seized a school bus after the driver was found driving drunk.