UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 19 elite drivers from Alabama are among 1,235 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.
Alabama boasts 104 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,968 years of accident-free driving. Michael Miles of Goshen is Alabama’s senior safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 1,114 total UPS drivers in Alabama.
Globally, 5,842 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 161,746 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times.
The number of new inductees represents the largest increase in new members in a single year in the company’s history.
“I’m very proud of these men and women,” said Kenneth Harms, president, UPS Mid South District. “To go at least a quarter century without an accident is a testament to the pride they take in their work and to the training they receive. My thanks go to all of them for the countless lives they’ve saved.”
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Ron Sowder of UPS’s Ohio Valley District, with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Great Lakes District is next in line with 49 years of safe driving. Twenty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven.
UPS invested $175 million in 2011 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.