UPS Honors Louisiana Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 22 elite drivers from Louisiana 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.

Louisiana boasts 100 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,864 years of accident-free driving. William Sanders of Bossier City is the state's senior safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,064 total UPS drivers in Louisiana.

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 Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid-South 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 Louisiana drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Arratia, Tomas Alexandria Alexandria
Bailey, Kim Slidell New Orleans
Becnel, Fred Iowa Lake Charles
Bernard, Mark Breaux Bridge Lafayette
Carroll, Robert Benton Shreveport
Carter, David Alexandria Alexandria
Celestin, Michael Youngsville Lafayette
Cupit, George Clinton Baker
Davis, Terry Baton Rouge New Orleans
Dugas, Randall Baton Rouge New Orleans
Gallagher, Michael Breaux Bridge Lafayette
Haynes, Gilbert New Orleans New Orleans
Hudson Jr, Edward Alexandria Shreveport
Jacques, Phillip Baton Rouge Port Allen
Johnson, Rothell New Orleans New Orleans
Kelley, Kevin Alexandria Alexandria
Mayo, Lowell Greenwell Springs New Orleans
Nichols Jr, Robert Monroe Monroe
Robinson, Frank Keithville Shreveport
Smith, Raymond Lake Charles Lake Charles
Sparks, Linda Alexandria Alexandria
Williams, Bruce Kenner New Orleans