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Doug Breese joins Walmart’s 3 million mile club

Oct 02, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Doug Breese of Mt. Pleasant became the 17th driver from the Mt. Pleasant Walmart Distribution Center to drive 3 million accident-free miles. Breese accomplished the feat April 17 and received a new truck as part of his reward.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Doug Breese may not be the first driver from the Mt. Pleasant Walmart Distribution driver to log 3,000,000 accident-free miles, but he could be the youngest.

Breese of Mt. Pleasant became the 17th driver from the center to reach 3 million miles when the odometer turned over on April 17 of this year. While most Walmart drivers are in their 60s when they reach at the mark, Breese is just 56.

Planning to drive another 10 years, he could log close to 5 million miles before he turns in his keys.

“It’s been a good job. Sure, there are always changes but it always been a solid job,” Breese reflects.

Breese grew up in Montezuma and received the “driving bug” from his uncle. He began his career with Roorda Enterprises in Montezuma and also drove for VanWyk before taking the Walmart job 29 years ago. Due to his job, he moved to Mt. Pleasant in 2001.

Throughout his Walmart career, he has had routes that have taken him throughout Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. About 15 years ago, he received a set route — daily (Monday-Friday) runs to Kirksville and Moberly, Mo. — a route he really enjoys.

A reward for achieving the 3M mile distinction was a new Peterbilt tractor, complete with special suspension, a televisions, microwave and refrigerator. He also received a plaque and jacket.

Over the years with the increased popularity of cellphones, driving has become more difficult, he said. “You see a lot of people on their cellphones, fairly much every other car has someone talking or texting,” he said.

Asked whether new laws to combat distracted driving has helped, Breese said he hasn’t noticed much change. “I think either they aren’t cracking down as much as they should, or they should raise the fine.”

During the 29 years driving for Walmart, Breese said he has had a lot of near accident misses. “I’ve definitely had some close calls because you see somebody doing something stupid every day.”

Weather, too, can be an adverse factor for over-the-road drivers, but Breese appreciates Walmart’s consideration for drivers driving in poor weather. “Walmart gives us the option of shutting down in poor weather, a lot of companies don’t,” he noted.

As he looked back on his career, Breese saw plenty of sunshine. “It’s been a good career. Walmart treats us well. Sure, there are issues, but there are issues wherever you go.”

He has also passed his career to one of his sons who is a UPS driver in Des Moines. He has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren.

 

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