UPS Honors South Dakota Drivers For 25 Years of Safe Driving

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that seven elite drivers from South Dakota 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.  

South Dakota boasts 30 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 867 years of accident-free driving. Dale Snyder of Hartford is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 295 total full-time UPS drivers in South Dakota. 

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 Deryl Hill, president, UPS Northern Plains District. “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 3 billion miles a year and delivering nearly 5 billion packages annually. 

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.

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Following is a list of South Dakota drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

DriverHometownUPS Work Location
Doorn,  Kevin Mitchell Mitchell 
Gregg,  Kelly Mitchell Mitchell 
Koupal,  William Mitchell Mitchell 
Larson,  Jeffrey Sioux Falls   Sioux Falls 
Thompson,  Dennis Mitchell Huron 
Tieszen,  Norman Sioux Falls Sioux Falls 
Ward,  Shawn Watertown Watertown 


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