February 1, 2011

The state of Oregon delivered 18 drivers to the Circle of Honor this year. The honorary organization welcomed 1,122 members worldwide, recognizing their 25 or more years of driving without being in a singleaccident. The men and women in the Circle of Honor haven’t been plucked from the streets. They’re UPS truck and delivery van drivers.

The drivers inducted this year join almost 50 other Oregon drivers who have long records of safe driving. Worldwide, the organization welcomed more drivers this year than at any time since the Circle of Honor was established in 1955.

The Oregon contingent represents 1,731 years of accident-free driving. All members of the Circle of Honor — some 5,248 active UPS drivers — have 147,244 years of safe driving between them. In terms of distance, these drivers have circled the earth more than 188,000 times. They’ve logged more than 5 billion accident-free miles.

Safe driving methods and training are priorities for the company, according to a UPS representative. In 2010, for example, the company spent $53 million on safety training. It’s all paid off: The 102,000 active UPS drivers are among the safest drivers on the roads. Covering more than 3 billion miles every year, these drivers average less than one accident for every million miles driven.

The Circle of Honor membership boasts some impressive service records. The most senior member has 49 years of safe driving to his credit. The runner-up is close at his heels, with 48 years. They are part of a group of more than 25 drivers who have at least 40 years of safe driving behind them. Oregon’s most seasoned Circle of Honor member has logged 35 years of driving safely.

Source: Bradenton.com, “UPS Honors Oregon Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving,” 02/08/11


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