TOPEKA, Kan. – One million miles is equal to about two trips to the moon and back. Driving that distance over the course of a career is an accomplishment, doing it accident-free is something special, and a feat achieved by 11 Kansas postal carriers, including John Dailey and Donald A. Scholl of Topeka (see list below).
As Labor Day approaches, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, these Kansas road warriors serve as reminders to drive safely. They offer the following safe driving tips:
· Drive defensively — expect the unexpected.
· Maintain a safe distance of one car length for every 10 mph between you and the car in front of you.
· Be courteous, use turn signals and obey all laws.
· Keep your options open — have a ‘what do I do if I’m cut off’ strategy.
· Turn off mobile devices when driving — no cell phones or texting.
Each Million Mile Safe Driving Award recipient is recognized by the National Safety Council with a lapel pin and a plaque. Reaching this pinnacle requires 30 years of service and a safe attitude.
“We couldn’t be more proud of these carriers, who daily provide excellent customer service, while safeguarding themselves and the neighborhoods and communities they serve,” said Topeka Postmaster Sam Gonzales.
The nation’s 31,000 plus Post Offices are linked by nearly 214,000 vehicles – the world largest civilian fleet. Nearly 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers log more than 1.2 billion miles annually when delivering to America’s 151.5 million addresses.
The following 11 Kansas postal carriers are 2013 recipients of the National Safety Council Million Mile Safe Driving Award:
John Dailey – Topeka Main
Donald A. Scholl – Topeka Main
Arthur L. Stark - Coffeyville
Eldon J. Stoecklein - Hays
Terry P. Miller - Independence
Dennis D. Holliday – Holton
James T. Montague - Manhattan
Charles R. Allen - Wichita Corporate Hills Station
Janelle L McReynolds - Wichita River City Station
Richard Nimmo - Wichita Delano Station
Scott A. Udeen - Wichita Corporate Hills Station