UPS Honors Connecticut Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

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UPS Honors Connecticut Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- UPS (NYS: UPS) today announced 15 elite drivers from Connecticut 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.

Connecticut boasts 79 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,243 years of accident-free driving. Leonard Mecca of Norwalk is the state's senior safe driver, with 41 years of accident-free driving under his belt, tying him for fifth best safe driving record among UPS's 102,000 drivers. There are 1,148 total UPS drivers in Connecticut.

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 William Soumis, president, UPS North Atlantic 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

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 and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

** 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 Connecticut drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver   Hometown   UPS Work Location
Robert Bowen   Wethersfield   Hartford
Michael Cretella   Higganum   Hartford
Stephen Law   Watertown   Waterbury
Mark Ligon   Waterbury   Waterbury
Michael Makijczyk   Huntington   Stratford
John Mc Guire   Waterbury   Waterbury
Francis O'Hara   Norwalk   Stratford
Michael Rinaldi   Waterbury   Waterbury
Michael Sacharko   West Hartford   Hartford
Yancy Shular   Norwalk   Stratford
William Sims   North Haven   Norwalk
Patrick Snyder   Milford   North Haven
Timothy Stowe   Milford   Stratford
Thomas White   Southbury   Waterbury
Richard Yatsinko   Stratford   Stratford

Dan McMackin, 404-828-7123

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Connecticut


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