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42 years of truck driving without an accident? UPS honors local drivers for keeping it safe

J Hal Byrd J Hal Byrd
Timothy Sustar of China Grove Timothy Sustar of China Grove
Mark Hankins Mark Hankins
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Several local UPS drivers have been singled out for a prestigious honor, and it's all based on how safely they do their jobs.

UPS announced 62 elite drivers from North Carolina are among 1,445 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, according to a news release provided to WBTV.

North Carolina boasts 357 active Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 10,051 years of accident-free driving.

David Herndon of Charlotte is the state's senior safest driver, with 42 years of accident-free driving under his belt.

There are 3,165 total UPS drivers in North Carolina, the release stated.

Globally, 7,878 active UPS drivers are members of the Circle of Honor. Collectively they've racked up more than 221,000 years and more than 5.3 billion safe miles during their careers.

That's enough miles to travel to Mars and back 36 times.

"My thanks go to all of them for their dedication and focus, and for the countless lives they've saved," said Dwayne Meeks, president, UPS South Atlantic District.

Globally, the most seasoned UPS Circle of Honor driver is Thomas Camp of Livonia, Mich., with 52 years of driving without an accident. Ronald McKnight of Bronx, N.Y., is next in line with 46 years of safe driving.

Sixty-two 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 more than 4 billion packages safely.

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.

Following is a list of North Carolina drivers inducted this year to the Circle of Honor.

Driver Hometown UPS Work Location

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Banks, Douglas Creedmore Durham Center

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Barbee, Jamie Elon Greensboro Hub

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Brown, William Wendell Raleigh

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Bumgarner, Jeffrey Millers Creek Winston Salem Building

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Byrd Jr, James Huntersville Charlotte Hub

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Calloway, Todd Asheville Asheville

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Capps, Eddie Whispering Pines Southern Pines Center

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Childers Jr, Olin Rockwell Kannapolis

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Cline, Larry Hickory Hickory Center

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Cremedy Jr, Willie Winston Salem High Point

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Dasen, Dale Youngsville Raleigh

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Dix, Linwood Graham Greensboro Hub

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Earp, Edward Spring Hope Raleigh

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Emerick, Mark Holly Springs Raleigh

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Emery, Barry Clayton Raleigh

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Evans, Earl Raleigh Raleigh

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Fullwood, Kenneth Raleigh Raleigh

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Furmage, Alton Sanford Southern Pines Center

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Gibson, Kenneth Greensboro Greensboro Hub

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Glenn, Michael Greensboro Greensboro Hub

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Goins, Michael Monroe Monroe

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Gosnell, Jeffery Candler Asheville

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Hadlock, Lee Pleasant Garden Greensboro Hub

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Hankins, Mark Concord Charlotte Hub

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Harper, Stewart Durham Durham Center

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Hart, Douglas Carrboro Chapel Hill

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Heath, William Kinston Havelock

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Heaton, David Kings Mountain Shelby

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Hoffman, Rickey Connelly Springs Lenoir

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Hughes Jr, Lynwood Oxford Durham Center

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Humphrey, James Lumberton Lumberton Center

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Ingle, Jeffrey Burlington Greensboro Hub

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Kennedy, Douglas Pink Hill Kinston Center

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Kilby, Eugene Candler Asheville

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Lane, Glen Statesville Statesville

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Loy, Kevin Burlington Greensboro Hub

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Maye, Harry Marlon Granite Falls Lenoir

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Midgett, Danuel Manteo Manteo

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Miller, Johnny Lexington Greensboro Hub

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Miller, Larry Wilmington Wilmington Center

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Moore, Danny Winston Salem Winston Salem Building

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Mull, Eddie Hickory Hickory Center

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Organ Jr, Arthur Knightdale Raleigh

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Peak, Thomas Asheville Asheville

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Pulley, Harold Durham Raleigh

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Reaves, William Knightdale Durham Center

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Robinson, Darren Butner Durham Center

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Rudisill, Martin Burlington Greensboro Hub

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Simmons, Vincent Raleigh Raleigh

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Smith Jr, Floyd Fayetteville Raleigh

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Smith, Alexus Durham Durham Center

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Smith, William Spring Hope Rocky Mount

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Sparks, Jeffrey Mt Olive Goldsboro Center

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Stilley, Douglas Rocky Mount Rocky Mount

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Sustar, Timothy China Grove Charlotte Hub

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Triplett, Scott Lenoir Lenoir

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Vestal, Terry Boonville Winston Salem Building

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Webb, Don Wake Forest Raleigh

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Wesson, Ben Angier Raleigh

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Williams, Joseph Greensboro Greensboro Hub

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Williams, Randall High Point Greensboro Hub

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Wilson, Ricky Greensboro Greensboro Hub

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