UPS Honors Washington Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

UPS Honors Washington Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 16 elite drivers from Washington 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.

Washington boasts 97 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,760 years of accident-free driving. Daryl Munson of Okanogan is the state's senior safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for fifth best driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 1,754 total UPS drivers in Washington.

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 Nancy Koeper, president, UPS Northwest 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 Washington drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.



UPS Work Location

Reginald Ahyat


Seattle Hub & Administration

Robert Barott

West Richland

Kennewick Office

Rick Boid



Richard Boone


Elma Center

Gustavo Diaz



Jeff Gilchrist

Port Angeles

Port Angeles

Dominic Giordano



Paul Glenn


Seattle Hub & Administration

Arthur Gonzalez



Ronald Griffee Jr


Portland Hub

James Johansen



Dean Penaluna


Seattle Hub & Administration

Charles Stirling



Patty Thomas



Mike Torrence

Lake Stevens

Seattle Hub & Administration

Lisa Wyatt



Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

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