Photo: UPS

Photo: UPS

UPS has announced 1,613 drivers have joined the ranks of  its elite “Circle of Honor,” raising to 8,703 the number of drivers who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.

Collectively, the 8,703 drivers have logged more than 5.3 billion miles and more than 245,000 years of safe driving throughout their careers.

The number of active Circle of Honor drivers is the most in company history and includes 53 new members from Canada, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Marlene Nazario, a package car driver from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, is the first Latin American female driver to be inducted, according to the company.

“Maintaining safe highways and roads is our highest priority, so I commend any person who achieves this milestone of 25 years or more crash-free, creating safer driving conditions for us all,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The achievements of this group of drivers are truly worth recognizing.”

Of all the Circle of Honor members, 514 have been accident-free for 35 or more years, with 68 of those having driven more than 40 years without an accident, according to the company.

UPS announced its top safe driver in 2016 is Livonia, Michigan, package car driver Tom Camp, who has now driven for more than half a century — 53 years — and delivered more than 5 million packages without an accident.

This year, 50 new inductees are women and 21 additional women have joined the ranks of those with more than 30 years of safe driving. A total of 193 women are in the Circle of Honor.

UPS began recognizing its safe drivers in 1923. Founder Jim Casey honored the company’s first 5-year safe driver, Ray McCue, in 1928.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet