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Werner Enterprises honors drivers for reaching a million miles accident free

Posted at 4:52 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 17:52:19-04

"I might have a lot of miles there, but the good Lord's got a 100 of those in 100-yard increments," Charles Endorf said. 

Five million to be exact. 

That's how many miles truck driver Charles Endorf has driven without getting into an accident. 

"Safety is big in the trucking industry and if we don't promote it, how's anybody going to learn it," Endorf said. 

Five other drivers were honored for their safe-driving efforts, something Warner Enterprises President and CEO Derek Leathers says he's proud of. 

"It makes me really proud I mean today to have five drivers collectively driven 11 million miles without an accident," Leathers said. Honoring them today, it's a big deal, it's a proud moment it kind of makes it all worthwhile." 

Endorf has worked for Werner Enterprises for more than 42 years. He reached his five million milestone in 2013 and is now an ambassador for safe driving.  

Leather says his company wanted to highlight standout employees, like Endorf, because safety is a top priority. 

"What Charli has done, I mean if you think about what it means to drive five million miles without an accident it's almost unfathomable," Leathers said. 
Endorf drove his last load a few weeks ago, now he helps teach and mentor new drivers as they begin their careers. 

"It's one day at a time and if you just take each and every day safely, it just adds up and the older you get the more you're going to accomplish," He said. 

Endorf and Leathers agree distracted driving has become a major problem. 

He leaves this advice for younger drivers. 

"Get off the phone, put it down ... it's not worth it."