UPS Honors Mississippi Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Mississippi Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

JACKSON, Miss.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 14 elite drivers from Mississippi 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.

Mississippi boasts 90 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,601 years of accident-free driving. Merriel Torrey of Utica is the state's senior safe driver, with 40 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 676 total UPS drivers in Mississippi.

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 Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid South 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 Mississippi drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver  Hometown  UPS Work Location
Alex Buckley  Toomsumba  Meridian
Guy Creekmore  Vicksburg  Vicksburg
Samuel Davis  Canton  Jackson
Lenwood Gladney  Eupora  Kosciusko
Bobby Grace  Ridgeland  Vicksburg
Ronald Greer  Olive Branch  Memphis Hub
Timothy Hunt  Mccool  Kosciusko
Homer Lewis  Vicksburg  Vicksburg
Johnny Mc Ghee Jr  Olive Branch  Oakhaven Package Distribution Center
Stephen Newman  Bude  Natchez
Howard Nix  Batesville  Hernando
Charles Simmons  Lexington  Jackson
Douglas Ward  Terry  Jackson
Guy Woodward Jr  Long Beach  Gulfport

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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