UPS Honors Delaware Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

US 02/27/18

Wilmington, DE

UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced that five elite drivers from Delaware 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.

Delaware boasts 35 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 852 years of accident-free driving. James Southard of Wilmington is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 36 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 343 total full-time UPS drivers in Delaware. 

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 Trayce Parker, president, UPS Chesapeake 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 program in 1928.

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

Driver

Hometown

UPS Work Location

Dowling,  Eric

New Castle

Philadelphia, PA

Fertig,  Peter

Newark

New Castle

Starkey,  Joseph

Bear

Christiana

Sterling,  Michael

Middletown

Christiana

Taylor,  Michael

Milford

Harrington

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