Jourdanton Letter Carrier Josie Martinez has joined the thousands of Postal Service employees who have individually driven more than a million, accident-free miles.
Martinez was recently inducted into the prestigious National Safety Council’s “Million Mile Club” for thirty years of accident-free driving on the job.
Martinez was presented with a special Million Mile Club plaque from Jourdanton Postmaster Terry Gray during a brief recognition ceremony held with co-workers at the Jourdanton Post Office. To be qualified for Million Mile Club status, a professional driver must have driven accident-free for either 30 years or a million miles. Martinez, who started her Postal Service career at the Jourdanton Post Office in 1982, has driven 32 years without a preventable motor vehicle accident qualifying her for the distinguished driver award.
“Josie is an outstanding Letter Carrier who does a great job delivering mail to her customers every day,” said Postmaster Gray. “The Postal Service has always emphasized safe driving practices and Josie is very conscientious. Her leadership and accomplishments are a great example for other members of our postal team.”
When asked how she was able to avoid accidents all these years, Martinez said “I believe the key to safe driving is to keep yourself from being distracted and to constantly be aware of your surroundings.”
“Safe driving is no accident,” said Gray. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and we are proud our comprehensive safe driver program is second to none.”
According to the National Safety Council, more than 9,400 Postal Service employees have achieved a distinction most people never approach in their lifetimes — driving more than a million, accidentfree miles. No other business comes close.
The nation’s 31,000 plus Post Offices are linked by nearly 214,000 vehicles — the world’s largest civilian fleet. More than 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers log more than 1.2 billion miles annually when delivering to America’s 153 million addresses.
Since 2005, over 9,400 Postal Service professionals have driven more than a million miles without a single accident. Reaching this pinnacle requires a safe attitude that entails driving 1 million miles or 30 years without a preventable incident.
Information on the National Safety Council’s Safe Driver Program is located at www.nsc.org/ usps. Questions can be directed to National Safety Council Customer Relations at 1-800-621-7619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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