Finance and Administration Cabinet
Kentucky Improving Safety and Efficiency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKFORT – The Commonwealth of Kentucky is taking another step to ensure employees who drive state vehicles are courteous and obey the law.
Over the next few weeks, bumper stickers with the question, “How’s my driving?” and the number
(502) 564-2727 will begin appearing on state vehicles across the state. The bumper stickers, along with a recently launched GPS program, are designed to conserve fuel and reduce the number of accidents involving state vehicles.
Since 2007, there have been 1,157 accidents involving state vehicles. Seventy percent of those accident were caused by the driver of the state vehicle, costing the state nearly $1 million in damage claims.
“It’s time to start holding those who get behind the wheel responsible for their actions,” said Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Jonathan Miller. “These bumper stickers will give the public a chance to be our eyes on the road and the GPS system will help keep track of mileage and gas usage so we know what cars are giving us the best performance.”
“Our drivers should actually be an example of safety and courtesy to everyone else on the road,” said Forrest Banta, director of the Division of Fleet Management. “Hopefully, the GPS system and the bumper stickers will dramatically improve our statistics,” said Banta.
The GPS system monitors the use, speed and location of state vehicles to help ensure that the vehicles are driven safely and to authorized places during specified hours. It can also alert Fleet Management if the vehicle is involved in a traffic accident, experiences a breakdown or is due for maintenance. The GPS system can also be equipped with a key ring containing a panic button in case of an emergency.
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