As the Associated Press story had it, a Greyhound passenger lost it when the bus driver and several others on the bus asked him to douse his cigarette. “No smoking” was the rule on the Miami-bound bus, just as it has come to be the rule in most confined and many open spaces everywhere.
The passenger, one Charles George of Phoenix, is now charged with 37 counts of aggravated assault. Though the bus was traveling at 70 m.p.h., he tried to bang its door open so he could exit and finish his smoke. When it wouldn’t open he grabbed the steering wheel, as deranged folk have begun to do lately. The driver wrestled both him and the wheel to get the bus back on the road, the bus rolled on its side and some folk were injured.
So far this is a “it-happens-every-day” story of our time. What struck my eye was the reassuring explanation given by Steve Volden, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety: