Nov 13, 2015
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Five U.S. Postal Service letter carriers serving Richmond residents are set to be recognized next week for surpassing a million miles or 30 years of accident-free driving.

The drivers — Juan Varela, Mariano Flores, Kelly Ledbetter, William Maltez and Salvador Sanchez, Jr. — “never had as much as a fender-bender or a single preventable accident,” the Postal Service pointed out in a statement.

It takes approximately 30 years to accumulate one-million miles, according to the National Safety Council. That is equivalent to driving 40 times around the globe.

All of that driving was accomplished by these five drivers within Richmond city limits. While being accident-free all those years could be partly credited to luck, the U.S. Postal Service says the professionalism of safety-conscious carriers is the prime driver of an unblemished record.

“It’s a matter of taking the time to drive safely no matter how much of a hurry other people are in,” officials said.

The drivers will be honored at the 17th annual Million Mile Club awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Oakland Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.