UPS Honors Kentucky Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Kentucky Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 21 elite drivers from Kentucky 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.

Kentucky boasts 112 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,147 years of accident-free driving. Cleveland Francis of Louisville 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 1,585 total UPS drivers in Kentucky.

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 Zachary Scott, president, UPS Ohio Valley 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 Circle of Honor drivers in Kentucky.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
Larry Berry Prospect Bluegrass
James English Brandenburg Ashbottom Hub
Joseph Flesch Covington Cincinnati
Andrew Goetz Ft Mitchell Cincinnati
Robert Gollmier Louisville Ashbottom Hub
Stephen Halbert Hindman Hazard
Kirby Hamilton Georgetown Lexington
William Hancock Louisville Ashbottom Hub
Robert Howe Jr Vanceburg Maysville
John Isenhour Union Cincinnati
Hugh Long Goshen Lexington
Albert Mueller III Louisville Ashbottom Hub
James Mullins Nicholasville Lexington
Gary Nichter Harned Ashbottom Hub
Robert Payne Walton Cincinnati
Driver Hometown UPS Work Location
D Wayne Powers Bowling Green Bowling Green
Gregory Rankin Maysville Maysville
Richard Reis Taylor Mill Cincinnati
Enrique Roig Lexington Lexington
Phillip Slone Banner Prestonsburg
David Weinbroer Lexington Lexington

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