Mountlake Terrace man honored as Million Mile Community Transit driver

One Million Mile Driver Award recipient Joe Kellen of Mountlake Terrace, left, and Two Million Mile Driver Award recipient David Gibson. (Photo courtesy Community Transit)

A Mountlake Terrace man is one of two Community Transit drivers awarded the agency’s prestigious Million Mile Award this week for reaching safe driving milestones without a preventable accident. The drivers qualified for the distinction by meeting strict National Safety Council guidelines for driving.

Joe Kellen reached a million miles of safe driving. To join the select group of safe drivers, it can take about 12.5 years of full-time safe driving to reach the milestone. Kellen, of Mountlake Terrace, joined the 50-plus active drivers at Community Transit who have accomplished this feat.

After 18 years of safe driving, Kellen believes his training provided a solid foundation for long-term safety. “Basic things like mirror checks are very important because we’re transporting precious cargo,” Kellen said.

A million miles of driving is the equivalent length of running more than 38,000 marathons.

Million Mile Drivers are each presented a jacket, plaque, certificate and a pin, as well as having their name placed on one of the agency’s buses.

The other driver earning the award was David Gibson of Marysville, who reached two million miles of safe driving.


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