HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced one elite driver from Hawaii, Malcolm Toyama, is among 692 nationwide newly inducted into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.
Hawaii boasts four active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 111 years of accident-free driving. James Enoka of Honolulu and Samuel Nolasco of Mililani are Hawaii’s senior safe drivers, with 29 years each of accident-free driving.
Nationwide, 4,582 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they’ve racked up 129,632 years and more than 5 billion safe miles during their careers, or the equivalent of 10,000 trips to the moon and back.
“UPS puts a premium on safe driving methods and training and these drivers reflect that commitment,” said Gerald Mattes, president, UPS Pacific Region. “I’m very proud of these drivers. To go at least a quarter of a century without an accident is a testament to how seriously our drivers, and trainers, take safety.”
Nationally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Ron Sowder of UPS’s Kentucky District, with 46 years of driving without an accident. Thomas Camp of the Michigan District is next in line with 45 years of safe driving. Eight others have logged at least 40 years without an accident.
UPS’s 112,450 drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than 2.5 billion miles a year and averaging less than one accident for every million miles driven. There are 166 total UPS drivers in Hawaii.
UPS has invested approximately $53 million in 2008 on safety training and employs its own comprehensive driving course called “Space and Visibility.” New UPS tractor-trailer drivers receive 80 hours of classroom and on-the-road training, and UPS delivery truck drivers receive 20 hours of classroom and on-the-road defensive driving training before operating equipment. Delivery drivers also are required to complete three safety ride evaluations during their first 22 days on the job.
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 the Circle of Honor in 1955.
More information on UPS’s commitment to safety is available at www.pressroom.ups/safety.
Following is a list of drivers in Hawaii inducted this year into the Circle of Honor with 25 years of safe driving.
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