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Behind the patch: Honoring driver safety milestones

Circle of honor

More than 10,500 UPS drivers earn Circle of Honor status with at least 25 years of safe driving.

UPS has been recognizing its drivers’ safety milestones since the 1920s. This year, there is more to celebrate than ever before. The number of UPS drivers earning elite Circle of Honor status – recognizing those who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more – topped 10,000 for the first time. In 2017, 1,582 UPS drivers joined the Circle of Honor, including drivers in Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and, of course, in the United States.

Collectively, UPS Circle of Honor drivers have logged 14 billion miles and achieved more than 257,000 years of safe driving.

Collectively, the 10,504 Circle of Honor drivers have logged 14 billion miles and achieved more than 257,000 years of safe driving. That’s enough miles to make 200 round-trips to Mars.

UPS’s longest-tenured safe driver is still Tom Camp, a package car driver in Livonia, Mich. He now has 55 years of safe driving, delivering more than 5 million packages without an accident.

“Tom Camp’s 55-plus years of safe driving at UPS is an astonishing feat, and a testament to the impact of driver education programs,” says Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, “Smart decision-making on the road reduces the rate of accidents and keeps pedestrians and other drivers safe. We applaud Tom for his lifelong commitment to safety, as well as his service to this country as a Marine.”

While Camp has the record, 13 UPS drivers have eclipsed the 45-year safe driving mark, 126 have 40 years and 739 have 35 years or more.

Check out the complete Circle of Honor list, broken down by country and by state. If you know one of these elite drivers, please congratulate him or her on a remarkable accomplishment.

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