RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 34 elite drivers from Virginia are among 1,283 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.
Virginia boasts 125 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,455 years of accident-free driving. Wilbert Whittaker Jr. of Ruther Glen is the state’s senior safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,402 total UPS drivers in Virginia.
Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Richard Camejo, president, UPS Mid Atlantic District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.
UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company’s defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.
Founded in 1907, UPS has a rich history of safety and training. The company issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. In 1928, UPS recognized its first five-year safe driver, Ray McCue, with UPS founder Jim Casey presenting him a gold and platinum watch. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.
More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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Following is a list of Virginia drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|George Anderson||North Chesterfield||Richmond|
|Frank Blankenship Jr||Front Royal||Front Royal|
|James Bowyer||Newport News||Newport News|
|Victor Bristow||Troutville||Roanoke Hub|
|Robert Brittingham||Hampton||Newport News|
|William Davis Jr||Alexandria||Alexandria|
|Joseph Feres||Virginia Beach||Virginia Beach|
|William Garnett||Glen Allen||Richmond|
|Daryl Gibson||Colonial Heights||Richmond|
|Charles Matheney||Covington||Roanoke Hub|
|Michael Short||Montvale||Roanoke Hub|
|Timothy Shortt||Yorktown||Newport News|
|Johnnie Smith||Sperryville||Front Royal|
|Thomas Smith||Chespeake||Virginia Beach|
|Alvin Tinsley Jr||Chesterfield||Richmond|
|Charles Trescot III||Hampton||Newport News|
|Herbert Warthan||Colonial Heights||Richmond|
|Johnnie West Jr||Concord||Lynchburg|
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