UPS Honors Maine Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

PORTLAND, Maine, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced eight elite drivers from Maine 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.

Maine boasts 35 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 977 years of accident-free driving. David Bradford of Standish is the state's senior safe driver, with 35 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 479 total UPS drivers in Maine. 

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 Ivy Brown, president, UPS Northeast 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 Maine drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor. 

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Benedict,  William Winslow Waterville
Card, Charles Windham Portland
Gagne, Brian Cumberland Portland
Grass, Troy Eddington Bangor 
Hamilton, Brent Westbrook Portland
Hibbard, Richard Old Orchard Portland
Paquet, Gene Unity Waterville
Turgeon, Robert Minot Auburn