UPS Honors Georgia Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

ATLANTA, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 46 elite drivers from Georgia are among 1,613 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 379 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 10,804 years of accident-free driving. Felton Lee McCant Jr. of Moultrie is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 3,380 total UPS drivers in Georgia.

Globally, 8,703 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up more than 245,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 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. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 53 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 47 years of safe driving. Sixty-six 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.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Bentley, PhillipLawrencevilleDoraville
Bice, RexVilla RicaAtlanta
Boddie, WilliamConyersDoraville
Bowden, JayFort ValleyTifton
Bowen, MichaelCantonDoraville
Carter, MichaelStone MtnDoraville
Davis, GreggBremenAtlanta
Dawson, DerrickValdostaValdosta
Dennis, GaryDaculaDoraville
Dorminey, GaryAlbanyTifton
Duncan, RobertKingstonAcworth
Freeman, Patricia AnnMaconMacon
Green, PatrickSuwaneeDoraville
Hales, Michael RobbinAdairsRome
Harvey, ReginaldAlbanyAlbany
Holt, WilliamBolingbrokeMacon
Huggins, DwightTiftonTifton
Johnson, DavidMaconMacon
Jones, DerekDouglasvilleForest Park
Lewis, HermanAtlantaAtlanta
Lock, GaryGraysonDoraville
McLarty, JamesDouglasvilleForest Park
Moore, Jerry StevenTwin CityStatesboro
Morris, DavidCarrolltonCarrollton
Parsons, ErnestWatkinsvilleAthens
Perry, TracyAcworthRoswell
Pitman, DavidAcworthAtlanta
Ponder, AnthonyDuluthDoraville
Pullen, AnthonyBogartAthens
Rappold, SteveBogartDoraville
Ross, RobertGainesvilleGainesville
Rowell, PaulHortenseWaycross
Ruff, JefferyElbertonCarnesville
Sharpley, VinsonLawrencevilleDoraville
Shearer, MelvinTuckerDoraville
Sims, TracySavannahTifton
Smith, JamesMaconMacon
Tidwell, JeffreyDouglasvilleForest Park
Turnbull, Robert JeffreyWatkinsvilleAthens
Underwood, David WilliamPowder SpringsRoswell
Vehar, MarkCummingRoswell
Whisenant, C. FranklinBrunswickBrunswick
Williams, MarkBufordDoraville
Williams, TyronePoolerSavannah
Williamson, RandallWoodstockRoswell
Wire, HarryLaGrangeLaGrange

Contact: UPS Public Relations

Source: UPS