UPS announced the induction of 1,235 drivers into its Circle of Honor, raising to 5,842 the number of drivers who have steered clear of accidents for 25 years or more. The number of new inductees is the largest for any single year in the company’s history and includes 31 new members from Canada and Germany.
Collectively, the 5,842 drivers have logged more than 5.3 billion miles and more than 161,746 years of safe driving through their careers. “UPS and these remarkable drivers are setting a great example for everyone on our roadways by making public safety and safe driving a priority,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “I commend these drivers for achieving the milestone of 25 or more crash-free years of driving – and for helping create safer roads for all of us.”
Of the Circle of Honor members, 322 have been accident-free for 35 or more years, with 33 of those having driven more than 40 years without an accident. UPS’s top safe driver in 2011 is Ohio Valley District tractor-trailer driver Ron “Big Dog” Sowder, who has achieved 50 years and more than 4 million miles of driving without an accident.