Jones County school bus driver best in state - WNCT

Jones County school bus driver best in state

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Charles Mantie - Best Bust Driver in North Carolina Charles Mantie - Best Bust Driver in North Carolina
TRENTON, N.C. -

Parents, you'll be happy to know the best bus driver in our state is right here in our own back yard.

Jones County driver, Charles Mantie, won first place in the State Bus Road-eo competition Tuesday. It's no easy competition with a written test followed by an obstacle course that includes parallel parking a bus.

Mantie hopes the win will inspire more people to drive safely while around school buses.

"It's something that every driver that goes to competition or that's out here on the road, every day, dreams of being," said Mantie, "I've seen a lot of things out here where people go to pass and see accidents you know and people getting hit. That's one of our worst nightmares that we fear every day."

Mantie will move on to the national championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma this summer. He's made it there once before and placed 6th in the nation.

Congratulations to Pitt County us driver Eric Edwards who placed 6th in the state competition.

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