UPS Honors Virginia Drivers For 25 Years Of Safe Driving

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 31 elite drivers from Virginia are among 1,519 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.

Virginia boasts 136 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 3,749 years of accident-free driving. David Barr of Waynesboro is the state’s senior safe driver, with 38 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,673 total UPS drivers in Virginia.

Globally, 7,221 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up over 198,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to Mars and back 19 times.

“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said Richard Camejo, president, UPS Mid Atlantic District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 51 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of the Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 45 years of safe driving. Forty 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 2013 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

A complete list by state of new Circle of Honor inductees, infographic and a logo can be found at

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Following is a list of Virginia drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.
Driver       Hometown               UPS Work Location
Dwight Aldinger       Lyndhurst               Staunton
Ray Bennett       Fredericksburg               Fredericksburg
Anthony Canady       Newport News               Newport News
Stephen Combs       Midlothian               Richmond
Frederick Cooper       Richmond               Richmond
Steven Cooper       Roanoke               Roanoke Hub
William Duvall       Louisa               Richmond
Michael Elkins       Ferrum               Roanoke Hub
Michael Ferrell       Richmond               Richmond
Thurman Forehand III       Hampton               Newport News
Paul Harris III       Stuarts Draft               Staunton
Herbert Jenkins Jr       Chesterfield               Richmond
Richard King       Roanoke               Roanoke Hub
Vatell Martin       Chesterfield               Richmond
John Owens       Chesterfield               Richmond
Lisa Pritchard       Saluda               Newport News
Danny Samples       Sandston               Richmond
Rickey Shorter       Boones Mill               Roanoke Hub
Samuel Stevens       Goodview               Roanoke Hub
Richard Swinson       Charlottesville               Staunton
Thomas Tharpe       Mechanicsville               Richmond
Ivry Thompson       Richmond               Richmond
Jeffrey Hunter Thompson       Harrisonburg               Staunton
Carlton Walker       Chester               Richmond
Daniel Wright       Colonial Hghts               Richmond
Stanley Gandee       Hayes               Newport News
Kent Huber       Centreville               Burtonsville
Kenneth Jenkins Jr       Winchester               Dulles
Keith Economy       Gainesville               Dulles
James La Roche       Woodbridge               Newington
Gilmer Smith Jr       Bristol               Bristol

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