UPS Honors Oklahoma Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

US 02/27/18

Oklahoma City, OK

UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced that 11 elite drivers from Oklahoma are among 1,582 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.

Oklahoma boasts 144 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,618 years of accident-free driving. Charles Byrd of Enid is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belts. There are 1,010 total full-time UPS drivers in Oklahoma. 

Globally, 10,504 UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor.  Collectively they’ve racked up 257,221 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times.

 “My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Craig Wiltz, president, UPS Red River 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 55 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 49 years of safe driving. One hundred twenty six others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS’s 127,000 small package drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and delivering nearly 5 billion packages annually. 

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

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Following is a list of Oklahoma drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.



UPS Work Location

Blalock,  Norman



Calvin,  Charles



Hullett,  Mark

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City

McDowell,  Leland


Oklahoma City

Ore,  Robert


Oklahoma City

Richards,  David


Oklahoma City

Sanders,  Jim



Shinabery,  Mark


Oklahoma City

Thomas,  Joe


Oklahoma City

Thur,  Rick



White,  Stanley




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