(MENAFN Editorial) SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:) today announced that seven elite drivers from Utah 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.
Utah boasts 45 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 1,226 years of accident-free driving. Steven Jensen of Riverton is the state's senior-most safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 930 total full-time UPS drivers in Utah.
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 Kenneth Cherry, president, UPS Desert Mountain 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 Utah drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Blackner, Orson Beaver Beaver
Bybee, Verle West Jordan Salt Lake City
Cannon, Clifford North Logan Logan
Kraaima, Roger West Haven Salt Lake City
Myers, Cliff Beaver Beaver
Thompson, Craig Roy Salt Lake City
Weaver, Joshua Logan Logan
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