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UPS Honors Oklahoma Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPS Honors Oklahoma Drivers for 25 Years of Safe Driving10:00 EST Wednesday, February 20, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY (Business Wire) -- UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced 23 elite drivers from Oklahoma are among 1,283 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. Oklahoma boasts 104 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 2,903 years of accident-free driving. Raymond Buxton of Stillwater is the state's senior safe driver, with 37 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 806 total UPS drivers in Oklahoma. Globally, 6,486 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up 178,663 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of circling the earth more than 212,000 times. “My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved,” said Habib Pourfakhrai, president, UPS Red River District. Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 50 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Santocke of Dearborn, Mich., and Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., are next in line with 44 years each of safe driving. Thirty-seven others have logged at least 40 years without an accident. UPS's 102,000 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging nearly 3 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. UPS invested $175 million in 2012 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” All UPS drivers are taught safe driving methods beginning on the first day of classroom training through the company's defensive driving platform. The training continues throughout their careers. 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. More information on UPS's commitment to safety is available at UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit ** NOTE: The following pages list local drivers by hometown and UPS center.If you're interested in interviewing or riding along with a local driver, please contact Dan McMackin at Following is a list of Oklahoma drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.   Driver     Hometown     UPS Work Location Kenneth Archer Jr     Clinton     Clinton Kathleen Brockhoff     Ponca City     Ponca City George Conn     Broken Arrow     Tulsa Carl Corn     Catoosa     Broken Arrow Kenneth Deckard     Claremore     Tulsa Tommy Farr     Owasso     Broken Arrow Timothy Hall     Lawton     Lawton Eric Harned     Oklahoma City     Oklahoma City Hub Gregory Holscher     Glenpool     Tulsa Mark Lamb     Edmond     Oklahoma City Hub Cris Martin     Broken Arrow     Tulsa Steven Martin     Vinita     Vinita Frank Maynard     Moore     Oklahoma City Hub Michael Mc Coy     Moore     Oklahoma City Hub Bobby Mc Spadden Jr     Clayton     Oklahoma City Hub Harold Miller Jr     Randlett     Vernon Johnell Sloan     Oklahoma City     Oklahoma City Hub Jessie Smith Jr     Bartlesville     Tulsa Robert Summers     Oklahoma City     Oklahoma City Hub Eddie Thompson     Vinita     Vinita Robert Trotter     Ponca City     Ponca City Robert Turner     Stillwater     Stillwater Troy Turtle     Ada     Shawnee UPSDan McMackin,