By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Apr. 9, 2018 | 2:50 p.m.
SUTHERLAND – Could you imagine driving for 25 years without an accident? What if you had to do this driving on busy roads and highways, in an iconic brown truck, that everyone can recognize? It happens, and that’s why United Parcel Service couldn’t be more proud of its safe drivers.
UPS, the Atlanta-based company adds to its prestigious “Circle of Honor” each year to recognize its employees that have delivered packages for an unbelievable quarter-of-a-century without a single accident.
This year, two UPS employees being inducted into the prestigious UPS Circle of Honor are from right here in Central Virginia. Edward Clarke of Sutherland and Milton Taylor of Prince George County are both proud recipients of this year’s award.
Edward Clarke of Dinwiddie County is a tractor-trailer Driver for UPS and has been inducted into the Circle of Honor. “I feel really good about this award. Knowing I kept the truck on the road that many years without an accident makes me proud. I have always followed the training that UPS gave me, and it was obviously good advice. My main motivation has always been to get back home safely to my wife and family,” said Clarke.
Virginia has a total of 32-elite drivers, among 1,582 newly-inducted drivers into the Circle of Honor, throughout the world. Virginia boasts 224 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 5,563 years of accident-free driving. David Barr of Waynesboro is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,830 total UPS drivers in Virginia.
“My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they have saved,” said Barbara Jaram, president, UPS Mid-Atlantic District. “Their attention to detail has kept them safe and has helped improve public safety,” she added.
Milton Taylor, Prince George, UPS Delivery Driver, inducted into this year’s Circle of Honor, was asked how he felt about receiving the award.
“The key to having 25 years of safe driving is utilizing and practicing safe driving techniques and training,” the longtime driver said. “Mindful, safe-driving practices have enabled me to drive hundreds of thousands of miles accident and injury free, and has allowed me to make a good living and arrive home safely to my family for the last 25-years.”
UPS’ 127,000 small-package drivers are among the safest on the roads, logging more than three billion miles a year, and delivering nearly five 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.
Congratulations Edward Clarke of Sutherland and Milton Taylor of Prince George County—way to go—literally!