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UPS salutes Chandler driver’s safe record

March 25th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
UPS salutes Chandler driver’s safe record


When you’ve logged 338,000 miles on the odometer in 26 years without an accident, you’re a special driver.

And that’s what UPS thinks of Chandler resident and employee Aaron Bourne, whom the company dubbed one of its 32 “elite drivers” in Arizona who are among 1,412 newly inducted worldwide into its Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

Arizona boasts 147 Circle of Honor drivers with a combined 4,276 years of accident-free driving.

Mark Woolston of Glendale is the state’s senior-most safe driver, with 45 years of accident-free driving under his belt. There are 2,255 total full-time UPS drivers in Arizona.

A Chandler native, Bourne services an area around Val Vista Drive and Elliot Road in Gilbert, where he has spent 16 of his 26 years as a UPS driver.

He joined the company in 1992 and worked about two-and-a-half years part-time before taking on a full-time driving position, primarily because “it’s been a great company to work for.”

“You know what your job is and they let you do it,” he explained.

His biggest challenge every day involves “the other idiot drivers out here” – a frequent complaint by other drivers, who talk of increased distracted driving as one of the biggest problems they see on East Valley roads.

So what’s his secret to avoid colliding with any of them?

“Be aware of your surroundings and expect the unexpected,” Bourne said.

While he has logged so many miles at work, he doesn’t mind driving to his job, explaining “it hasn’t changed me.”

To get away from the distracted drivers, he enjoys camping with his family.

Bourne plans to retire in June and he is thankful he’s managed to execute his job without an accident.

“I wasn’t sure I was going to achieve my 25 years safe driving before retirement,” he said.