KOKOMO, Ind. — The distance around the Earth at the equator is 24,901 miles. By Richard Batt's estimate, he could have driven around the planet nearly 24,100 times.
And he would have done it all in a semi without ever getting a single ding, scratch, nick or traffic ticket.
Batt, a 69-year-old truck driver and Kokomo native, recently was honored for achieving 3 million miles of safe driving with J.B. Hunt Transport, where he's been employed the last 21 years. The award came with a hefty $20,000 bonus that Batt used to buy a white 2009 Pontiac Solis.