UPS Honors Alabama Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 21 elite drivers from Alabama 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.

Alabama boasts 138 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,953 years of accident-free driving. John Pate of Dora is the state's senior safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,295 total UPS drivers in Alabama.

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 Alabama drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Arnold, Terry Robin Wetumpka Montgomery
Avant, Scott Dothan Dothan
Blackard, Derrell Mobile Montgomery
Corvo, John Robertsdale Montgomery
Fisher, Alice Spanish Fort Mobile Center
Flemming, Redmond Hoover Birmingham Center
Harris, Albert Birmingham Birmingham Center
Holland, Sean Dothan Dothan
Johnson, Jeffery Rainbow City Gadsden Center
Jones, George Opelika Opelika
Kisor, Timothy Gadsden Gadsden Center
Lambert, Timothy Daphne Montgomery
Lane, Clyde Talladega Birmingham Center
Lewis, Bobby Pisgah Birmingham Center
Lewis, Maurice Bessemer Roebuck
McClure, Gregory Eastaboga Anniston
Norris, Ronald Hartselle Hartselle Center
Pitner, Richard Dothan Chipley
Robinson, Robert Phenix City Columbus
Speer, Tommy Falkville Birmingham Center
Steele, Larry Altoona Gadsden Center
Lonnie Goss Smiths  Columbus, Ga