Ohio Postal Driver Named Nation's Safest

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who drives a mail truck in Columbus has gone to California for a special pickup: an award naming him the Postal Service's top driver.

Herb Sharfenaker has never had an accident making mail runs for 43 years, going more than a million miles. He was honored Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif., at the annual convention of the National Safety Council, the group that gives the award to a post office driver each year.

Sixty-five-year-old Sharfenaker says the secret to his clean record is to drive slowly and to stay aware of what's around him.

He says the strategy has been particularly important on his current route, on the Ohio State University campus. He says students tend to wander into traffic without looking while gabbing away on their cell phones.