Less-than-truckload carrier Holland honored William 'Pat' Shelton, one of its professional drivers, for reaching 3 million miles without any preventable accidents. (Photo courtesy Holland)

Holland driver covers "incredible" 3 million safe miles

Oct. 16, 2015
Now here's a milestone worth noting: less-than-truckload carrier Holland today honored one of its professional drivers, William "Pat" Shelton, who covered 3 million miles without any preventable accidents.

Now here's a milestone worth noting: less-than-truckload carrier Holland today honored one of its professional drivers, William "Pat" Shelton, who covered 3 million miles without a single preventable accident.

Holland driver William "Pat" Shelton

The company held an award ceremony at its South Bend, IN service center to mark the occasion. "With this record, Pat has joined a small and elite group of professional Holland drivers," the company states in a release. "He is one of 13 active Holland drivers to have reached this remarkable safety milestone."

ABC 57 News was at the Holland facility this morning before the ceremony, where Shelton was slated to receive a trophy, ring and both a leather jacket and decals for his truck signifying his "3-million-miler" achievement. Shelton was to arrive at the ceremony in style as well, with a police escort planned to accompany him through South Bend.

The news station's Rosie Woods highlighted how few drivers have reached this lofty number of safe-driven miles. "It's a pretty big deal," she said in a segment filmed this morning on Shelton's "steering clear record."

Holland notes that Shelton has driven with the company for 22 years out of his 34-year career. In crediting how he reached the milestone, Shelton points to his wife's support for him in the job.

"I wouldn't have been able to do this without my wife of almost 30 years, Karen," he states in Holland's release. "When I was gone on the road for long periods of time, all of the responsibilities back home fell on her. She has always stood by my side and supported me all the way."

And although few drivers may ever reach the 3-million-mi. mark without a preventable accident, Holland points to its company-wide emphasis on safety. "While his record is exceptional, Pat's dedication to excellence and safety is representative of Holland on the whole," the Holland release states. "Holland works to develop and nurture a culture of safety that can be seen throughout the company, at all levels of operation."

About the Author

Aaron Marsh

Before computerization had fully taken hold and automotive work took someone who speaks engine, Aaron grew up in Upstate New York taking cars apart and fixing and rewiring them, keeping more than a few great jalopies (classics) on the road that probably didn't deserve to be. He spent a decade inside the Beltway covering Congress and the intricacies of the health care system before a stint in local New England news, picking up awards for both pen and camera.

He wrote about you-name-it, from transportation and law and the courts to events of all kinds and telecommunications, and landed in trucking when he joined FleetOwner in July 2015. Long an editorial leader, he was a keeper of knowledge at FleetOwner ready to dive in on the technical and the topical inside and all-around trucking—and still turned a wrench or two. Or three. 

Aaron previously wrote for FleetOwner. 

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