SAN FRANCISCO (KNTV/NBC) - In three decades with the U.S. Postal Service, one California mail carrier has delivered a ton of mail without any accidents.
Mark Bartholomew has been a mail carrier for 31 years, and has delivered everything from tires to surfboards.
In all those years behind the wheel there is one thing Bartholomew has never experienced, and that's an accident.
"Now people have cell phones and stuff like that, they don't pay attention and so you just have to drive very defensively." Bartholomew said.
The U.S. Postal Service estimates Bartholomew has now driven one million miles in his mail truck, all without a scratch.
"People try to change lanes into me. I'm always watching the guy next to me to see what he's going to do," he said.
Many might think such a record would put Bartholomew in a class by himself, but it turns out he's merely joined a very exclusive group.
Monday, the U.S. Postal Service welcomed 22 California Bay Area postal carriers into its million mile club.
It's a club where the only dues are 30 years behind the wheel without incident.
"When you think about a million miles, you know it kind of boggles the mind, but it's equivalent to driving 40 times around the world," said Gus Ruiz of the USPS.
About 300 mail carriers out of 4,400 in the California Bay Area have made the club in the last 13 years.
Though the post office is considering cut backs and layoffs, it insists it will always need carriers.
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