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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

UPS Inducts 784 Elite Drivers Into its Circle of Honor

Drivers Have Not Had an Accident in 25 or More Years

UPS announced the induction of 784 elite drivers into its "Circle of Honor," drivers who have not been involved in an auto accident for 25 years or more.

The number of active "Circle of Honor" members is 4,202. Texas' 20 new inductees ranks the state third on the list of active Circle of Honor drivers, whose 228 drivers logged a combined 6,271 years of accident-free driving. Two Texas drivers, Clarence Kronenberger of Spring and Deatrice Underwood of Dale, each with 34 years of accident-free driving, are tied for top honors in the state.

Taken together, UPS's active Circle of Honor drivers have amassed nearly 117,000 years of accident-free driving. Of the active American, Canadian and German Circle of Honor drivers, 107 have gone 35 years or more without incident, and six have gone 40 years or more.

"UPS is committed to the safety of all our drivers, and of those with whom we share the roads," commented Jim DeFord, UPS’s Southwest Region health and safety manager based in Dallas. "The men and women who have achieved membership in the Circle of Honor are the best of the best; they've consistently demonstrated that commitment by going at least a quarter century without an avoidable accident."

The 102,000 drivers who steer UPS's worldwide fleet are among the safest on the roads, averaging less than one accident per million miles driven while recording more than 2 billion annual miles. UPS employs 5,469 drivers in Texas.

"When it comes to safe driving, UPS walks the walk," said Kathy Lusby-Treber, executive director of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. "The company shows a remarkable commitment to safety training and instilling a culture of safety among its drivers, and that commitment helps to keep our highways safer."

All UPS drivers are instructed in safe driving methods from their first day of classroom training, including the company’s comprehensive safety class, "Space and Visibility." The training continues throughout their careers.

New UPS tractor-trailer drivers are required to attend 80 hours of training before driving UPS trucks, including 20 hours of computer-based and on-the-road training, plus three safety assessments within their first 22 days on the job. Before training new drivers, UPS training managers must complete a tough three week boot-camp course at the UPS Driver Training School in South Holland, Ill., one of the most demanding driving schools in the U.S.

In recent years, over 150 U.S. companies and state agencies, seeking to duplicate UPS drivers' success, have asked to learn the company's training methods.

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