UPS Honors Kansas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Kansas Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

WICHITA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 25 elite drivers from Kansas are among 1,283 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.

Kansas boasts 152 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,329 years of accident-free driving. Larry Saunders of Lenexa is the state's senior safe driver, with 43 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for third best safe driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 1,380 total UPS drivers in Kansas.

Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Judith Henry, president, UPS Central Plains District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.

UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.

UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called "Space and Visibility." All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers.

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.

More information on UPS's commitment to safety is available at

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** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin

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

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Raymond Anderson  Kingman  Wichita (South & North)
Robert Andrew  Lenexa  Lenexa
Joseph Campbell  Manhattan  Manhattan
Rodney Davis  Rossville  Topeka
William Elston  Derby  Wichita (South & North)
Paul Gatewood  Shawnee  Lenexa
Donald Hill  Wichita  Wichita (South & North)
GERALD HISEY  Valley Falls  Lawrence
Jeffery Jennings  Manhattan  Manhattan
Lonnie Kinderknecht  Colby  Colby
Gregory Lane  Wamego  Manhattan
Walter Long  Kansas City  Kansas City
Timothy Meaux  Paola  Lenexa
Patrick O'Connell  Louisburg  Lenexa
Matthew Pope  Hutchinson  Hutchinson
Thomas Ryan  Kansas City  Lenexa
Kyle Sandefur  Salina  Salina
John Schneller  Shawnee  Kansas City
Dale Simon  Colwich  Wichita (South & North)
Steven Spears  Kansas City  Lenexa
Lon Wallis  Kansas City  Lenexa
Eric Williams  Desoto  Lenexa
Douglas Williams  Wichita  Wichita (South & North)
Charles Wittman  Garnett  Ottawa
Larry Wright  Modoc  Garden City

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