UPS Honors Washington Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

SEATTLE, Feb. 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that 27 elite drivers from Washington 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.

Washington boasts 121 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,456 years of accident-free driving. Roy Oki of Spokane is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 39 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,218 total UPS drivers in Washington.

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 Joe Braham, president, UPS Northwest 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 Washington drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Ballantyne, BradleyWoodlandPortland
Bitterman, ScottOlallaBremerton
Brentin, ScottTacomaTacoma
Cook, PaulMoses LakeMoses Lake
Crickman, CharlesSpokaneSpokane
Ditore, JosephDuvallSeattle
Greetham, ThomasGig HarborTacoma
Grow, DavidSpokaneSpokane
Hawkins, PedroSeattleTukwila
Hays, ShawnVancouverVancouver
Holt, RickMaple ValleySeattle
Kato, KentRentonSeattle
Kogut, MichaelSultanRedmond
Lauth, MartinShorelineSeattle
McGuire, DanielMarysvilleArlington
Miller, JackKennewickKennewick
Nava, JohnVancouverVancouver
Okubo, DouglasKentSeattle
Peters, TomKennewickHermiston
Ravella, ThomasKennewickHermiston
Schmidt, WilliamCashmereWenatchee
Swensen, ClairBonney LakePacific
Tradal, DavidBothellRedmond
Van Sant, MichaelCarlsborgPort Angeles
Vance, KyleOmakOmak
Voight, PhilTacomaPacific
Whitford, SpenceSultanEverett

Contact: UPS Public Relations

Source: UPS