UPS, United Parcel Service, recently announced that 172 elite drivers from California are among 1,575 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.
California boasts 890 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 24,932 years of accident-free driving. Peter Pavlian of San Bernardino is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 46 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 10,257 total full-time UPS drivers in California.
Among the most recent honorees were two drivers from Modesto, both working out of the Lathrop facility; one Stockton driver working out of the Stockton facility and one Stockton driver working out of the Lathrop Hub.
Globally, 9,349 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 266,554 years and nearly 14 billion safe miles during their careers. That’s enough miles to travel to the moon and back almost 29,000 times.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus and for the countless lives they’ve saved,” said George Willis, president, UPS West Region. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety.”
Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 54 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 48 years of safe driving. Ninety-one 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 three billion miles a year and delivering nearly five billion packages annually.
Founded in 1907, UPS issued its first driver handbook in 1917 and began recognizing safe drivers in 1923. UPS formally established its safe driving honor program in 1928.