UPS Honors Kentucky Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 31 elite drivers from Kentucky 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.

Kentucky boasts 141 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,937 years of accident-free driving. Cleveland Francis of Louisville is the state's senior safe driver, with 45 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,942 total UPS drivers in Kentucky.

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 Zachary Scott, president, UPS Ohio Valley 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 drivers in Kentucky drivers inducted this year to Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Banks, John Lewisport Owensboro
Bryce, John Smiths Grove Bowling Green
Davis, Darrell Lexington Lexington
Delawson, James Hopkinsville Hopkinsville Center
Dupont, Curt Ft. Thomas Cincinnati
French, James Owensboro Owensboro
French, Mark Mount Washington Louisville
Hack, Lyndell Mt. Washington Ashbottom Hub
Howard, Glen Loyall Harlan
Hughes, John Georgetown Lexington
Jackson, Thomas Catlettsburg Ashland
Johnson, Allen West Port Ashbottom Hub
Knight, Jamie Upton Ashbottom Hub
Littleton, Brian Maysville Maysville
Maggard, Charlie Jackson Hazard
Moore, Douglas Alexandria Cincinnati
Napier, Charles Lexington Lexington
Osborne, Rickey Paducah Paducah
Patton, Scott Florence Cincinnati
Redden, Gary Mt Washington Ashbottom Hub
Reece, David Louisville Ashbottom Hub
Romito, William Taylor Mill Cincinnati
Siry, Steve Alexandria Cincinnati
Smith, James Franklin Bowling Green
Stahl, Gregory Bowling Green Bowling Green
Stewart, Gene Lexington Lexington
Stolz, Mark Villa Hills Cincinnati
Stubblefield, Roger Benton Paducah
Townley, Scott Campbellsville Lexington
Wallace, Steve Prospect Ashbottom Hub
Walston, Mark Frankfort Lexington

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Source: UPS