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BUSRide 2010 Safe Driver Hall of Fame presented by 5Star Specialty Programs

Safe driving over the span of a career that covers more than three-million miles requires the highest standards in every facet of the job from driver behavior and passenger awareness to exacting vehicle maintenance. The National Safety Council says fewer than 200 drivers ever achieve this status.

BUSRide takes pleasure in announcing the 2010 inductees into the BUSRide Safe Driver Hall of Fame presented by 5Star Specialty Programs.

Emory Hysell, a veteran driver for Greyhound Bus Lines, and Russ Lippincott and Lee Roy Weems of Village Charters and Tours, Wichita, KS, and Oklahoma City, OK, have each crossed the rarified threshold without a recordable accident.

The 2010 inductees join previous Safe Driver Hall of Fame members (2008) Aubrey Hutchings, K-T Contract Services, Elko, NV, and (2009) Edward C. Hope and Everett L. Anderson, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Springfield, MA.

Emory Hysell
Greyhound Bus Lines

Emory Hysell, has driven motorcoaches for more than 50 years and estimates he has driven 4,500,000 million miles with Greyhound Bus Lines. Today the company puts him at the top of its list of its Exceptionally Safe Drivers (ESDs) — drivers who have not had any traffic violations, accidents or reported incidents of unsafe driving while on duty.
Originally from Huntington, WV, Hysell currently drives the Jacksonville-to-Miami route and trains new drivers for Greyhound. His employer says he understands the importance of safety and works diligently to share his knowledge of driving with those he trains.
“Safety has always been a top priority for Greyhound and myself,” says Hysell. “I practice safe driving at all times and try to instill these same safety measures into future Greyhound drivers.”

Russ Lippincott
Village Charters and Tours

Russ Lippincott began driving coaches in 1977 for Continental Trailways, continuing through its acquisition by Greyhound. As a driver trainer for Trailways Lippincott received the Safe Driver Award every year he served with the company. He moved to independent charter coaches in 1985, driving one winter for Prestige Charters, and a short stint with Kincaid Coach before joining Village Charters & Tours full time in 1988. Lippincott has logged 2,550,000 miles in his 33-year career. In that time he has two recordable accidents, one in which he was at fault. To his credit, Lippincott has not put so much as a scratch on a coach in the last 10 years.

Lee Roy Weems
Village Charters and Tours

Lee Roy Weems also drove for Continental Trailways beginning in 1974. In 1985 he left to help found Prestige Charters, Wichita, KS, then formed his own travel agency in Hays, KS.  In 1989 he sold his shares of Prestige to join Village Charters & Tours, driving full time up until 2007 and continues part-time. Over the span of 36 years, Weems has logged 2,700,000 mile without a recordable accident and only one scratch on a coach in the last 10 years. Weems also received the Trailways Safe Driver Award every year he drove for that company.

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2 Comments for “BUSRide 2010 Safe Driver Hall of Fame presented by 5Star Specialty Programs”

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  2. Joe Thoele

    My uncle….Ray “Curly” Archer was a driver for Trailways, then Greyhound after the buyout. He drove 5 million miles and passed away late 2011. He was supposed to go into a hall of fame for drivers, but I don’t know how to find out anything about it. If he’s inducted, I’d like the location. Thanks.

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