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EDITORIAL – Transit drivers need more protection from violent passengers

(Image: BC Transit file photo)

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

A MAN WHO ASSAULTED a Kamloops bus driver last April has been given a conditional discharge and put on probation for nine months.

The driver was punched in the face after he told the man he wouldn’t be allowed on the bus because he was drunk. There’s something haywire here.

Bus drivers are being injured by passengers way too often.

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Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.\

About Mel Rothenburger (7717 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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