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Editorial: Lest we forget, bus drivers help keep our kids safe

May. 11, 2013 @ 12:27 AM

A number of factors play into the school bus ranking as the safest way for children to get to and from their schools.

The buses are designed with safety in mind. They are highly visible to other motorists. Training plays a big part. And if an accident occurs, the occupants in the bigger bus are likely to fare better than occupants in the other vehicle.

Then, of course, there are the nearly half million school bus drivers who transport more than 25 million children each day across the United States with their chief goal of keeping their precious cargo safe. People like Bethel Wall.

Last Wednesday, Wall reached a significant milestone. It marked his 50th year of being a bus driver in Lawrence County, Ohio -- 45 in the Symmes Valley school system and the past five for Fairland. While the longevity itself is a notable achievement, even more remarkable is Wall's safety record during those five decades. Wall never has been in an accident, nor has he ever had any violations -- a performance that brought recognition from the Ohio Highway Patrol.

We thank him and the hundreds of other school bus drivers who every day make sure our children are safe while going to and from school.

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