School bus drivers across the nation have made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, including spectacular crashes and charges of drunken driving and theft of the iconic yellow vehicle.

While the vast majority of bus drivers get their students to and from school each day with no problems, safety advocates say the rash of incidents, with reports of some operators acting less like responsible public servants and more like irresponsible Otto from “The Simpsons,” is troubling.

“The real problem comes down to economics. We pay these people barely above the minimum wage in some states. You sometimes get what you pay for,” said Alan Ross, president of the National Coalition for School Bus Safety.

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