Landstar honors 2007 class of Million Mile Safe Drivers

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Landstar System, a non-asset-based provider of transportation and logistics services, has recognized 116 men and women for their safety records and professionalism behind the wheel. The company’s “business capacity owners” were honored as Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers at a recent awards banquet in Jacksonville, Fla.

Collectively, these 116 BCOs have safely driven a total of 126 million miles – a distance that would cover the 4 million miles of public roads in the United States nearly 32 times. On average, it takes a truck operator 10 years to travel a million miles. The distance would take the typical driver of a passenger vehicle 67 years – around the time of their 83rd birthday – to complete.

Leading the 2007 class are 10 BCOs who have reached 2 million miles without a preventable accident. Included in that group are Larry Allison of Amarillo, Texas; Samuel Betlyon of Burnham, Pa.; Harry Brawdy of North Collins, N.Y.; Mitchell Daniels of Pomona, Mo.; Verne Daves of New Windsor, Ill.; William Harrier of Canal Winchester, Ohio; Keith McClain of Lolo, Mont.; John Wayne McCrary of Pulaski, Tenn.; Gene Roth of New Effington, S.D.; and Darrel Sieben of Lampe, Mo.

In addition, 106 BCOs were honored for driving 1 million consecutive miles without an accident or freight claim. Among that group, team drivers Terry and Charlene Hemmingson of Sutton, Neb., are the first husband-and-wife team to be inducted as Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers in the same year.

“These BCOs choose to put safety first every time they get behind the wheel,” says Henry Gerkens, Landstar president and chief executive officer. “Therefore, Landstar chooses to honor them, not only for their outstanding safety records and skills, but also for their dedication. We’re proud to be associated with such accomplished professionals.”

The 116 BCOs represent Landstar’s largest class of Million Mile Safe Drivers and bring the total number of active BCOs who have earned the Million Miler title to 586. The complete list of 2007 Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers is available here.