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UPS driver marks 45 years of safety behind the wheel

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Cleveland Francis (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cleveland Francis (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The 40 year safe driving patch of Cleveland Francis. It will soon be replaced with a 45 year patch. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The 40 year safe driving patch of Cleveland Francis. It will soon be replaced with a 45 year patch. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Francis leaves the yard for another trip. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Francis leaves the yard for another trip. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - He’s a man of few words, but many miles - more than four million miles or so without an accident. Cleveland Francis is one of only a handful of more than 100,000 UPS drivers who’ve never had a wreck after covering so much road. It's been 45 years of perfection in the driver’s seat.

The four million or so miles Francis has covered is the equivalent of a trip to the moon and back about nine times.

Francis says receiving another safe driving award from UPS, “gives you a sense of pride. You put a lot of effort into it.”

The kind of effort that covers 600 miles a day on his latest route to Newport, Tennessee, then to Greensboro, North Carolina and back to Louisville. Every day.

“I still enjoy it," said Francis with a smile. "I enjoy the driving, the travel, beautiful scenery down Interstate 75. Eastern Kentucky and the Smoky Mountains.”

Francis is a man who truly loves his job. He says handling the 18 wheeler has gotten much easier with anti-lock brakes, better transmissions and electronic logs to keep track of all those miles. He plans to keep on trucking since he’s in good health - maybe another million accident free miles.

Francis did crash in his personal vehicle, but as you might guess someone pulled out in front of him. It was not he fault of Cleveland Francis. It never has been when he’s behind the wheel.

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