Jan. 8, 2020
DETROIT, MI — For most drivers, luck would play a role in driving accident-free for 30 years. However, Belleville, MI Post Office letter carriers will be the first to tell you it’s not a matter of luck; it’s a matter of taking the time to drive safely no matter how much of a hurry other people are in.
Now imagine the equivalent of driving 334 times across the country or 40 times around the globe each without ever leaving the city limits, and imagine doing it safely, under hazardous road conditions, gridlock, rural terrain, and with a vigilant eye on inattentive drivers.
As a result of their achievement, these carriers will be honored at a Million Mile Club awards ceremony on Thursday, January 9, 2020, 8:30 a.m., at the Belleville Post Office, 45601 S. I-94 Service Drive,
Belleville MI 48111.
Honorees include: Letter Carriers Tina Debord and Michelle Rodriguez.
“Our postal drivers are amongst the safest drivers in the nation,” said Detroit District Manager Karlett Gilbert. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and we are proud our comprehensive safe driver training program is second to none.”
Each driver will be presented with a plaque from the Safety Council and automatic membership in the prestigious National Safety Council “Million Mile Club.” The million-mile award is a lifetime enrollment, and it is given to drivers who have accumulated one-million miles or 30 years of driving without being involved in a preventable motor vehicle accident. According to the National Safety Council, it takes approximately 30 years to accumulate one-million miles.
A common denominator, or trait, that the drivers share is defensive driving. They attribute their accident-free driving to being constantly alert for dangers, anticipating the actions of other drivers, paying attention to their surroundings, looking ahead, checking mirrors, following the rules of the road, and giving themselves enough time to react in a safe manner.
MEDIA ALERT: For photo and interview opportunities, contact Elizabeth Najduch at (313) 225-5452.
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