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 http://www.pressroom.ups.com/safety.

UPS (NYS: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

** 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 atdmcmackin@ups.com.

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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