ATLANTA, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 71 elite drivers from Georgia are among 1,445 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.
Georgia boasts 366 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 10,392 years of accident-free driving. Guy Haynes of Tifton is the state's senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 3,025 total UPS drivers in Georgia.
Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.
"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS South Atlantic District.
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving. Sixty-two others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering more than 4 billion packages safely.
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.
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Following is a list of Georgia drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
|Driver||Hometown||UPS Work Location|
|Allen, Lloyd||Lilburn||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Atkins, Donald||Acworth||Roswell Center|
|Atkinson, Darryl Wendell||Hampton||Forest Park|
|Banks, Allen||Lithia Springs||Atlanta Hub|
|Bowen, William||Gainesville||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Buie Jr, Robert||Waycross||Waycross|
|Campbell, Tyrone||Albany||Albany Center|
|Clinton, Jerry||Douglasville||Atlanta Hub|
|Crockett, Maurice||Grantville||Atlanta Hub|
|Crumbley, Robert||Marietta||Acworth Center|
|Davis, Reginald||Bethlehem||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Dickinson, Horace||Loganville||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Duncan Jr, Robert||Ellabell||Savannah|
|Elrod, Jonathan||Alpharetta||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Fleming Jr, Othel||Stone Mountain||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Garrison, Mark||Dacula||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Gordon, Charles||Cummings||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Hammond Jr, Robert||Leesburg||Albany Center|
|Hearn, Robert Lee||Sharpsburg||Forest Park|
|Howard, William Gregory||Lincolnton||Augusta|
|Hutton, James||Newnan||Forest Park|
|Johnson, Jerry||Douglasville||Pleasantdale Hub|
|King, Charlton||Powder Springs|
|Mallchok, Douglas||Woodstock||Roswell Center|
|Mathis, Eddie||Stone Mountain||Pleasantdale Hub|
|McCann, Thomas||Acworth||Roswell Center|
|Miller, David||Stone Mountain||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Miller, Stephen||Ringgold||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Moore, Donald||Snellville||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Mosely, Steven Dale||Lizella||Macon|
|Nichols, Raymond||Ringgold||Chattanooga, Tn|
|Norton, Max||Cleveland||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Owens, Deloris||Fairburn||Forest Park|
|Pinckney, Tony||College Park||Forest Park|
|Roberts, Danny Gene||Savannah||Savannah|
|Smalls, Alphonso||Lithonia||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Stallings, Scott||Acworth||Roswell Center|
|Stephens, Howard||College Park||Roswell Center|
|Teague, Christina||Kennesaw||Roswell Center|
|Thompson, Jerome||Decatur||Pleasantdale Hub|
|Vincent Jr, James||Ringgold||Chattanooga, Tn|
|Wade, Randy||Powder Springs||Atlanta Hub|
|Washington, Ricky||Hiram||Atlanta Hub|
|Watson, Don Butler||Statesboro||Statesboro|
|Weaver, William||Lagrange||La Grange|
|Wilkes, Johnny||Twin City||Swainsboro|
|Wroblewski, Michael||Alpharetta||Pleasantdale Hub|
|York, Johnny||Rocky Face||Dalton|
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