Risk management


Report a state driver or vehicle

Driving an E-plate vehicle is the most public activity performed by the majority of state employees. And the public notices.

A citizen takes the time to report state employee driving or possible misuse of state vehicles  about once every day. It is not possible to count the number of people who have the same reaction but don't file a report. This is a serious public relations issue. The reports fall into two broad categories:

Most frequent are reports about how a state vehicle is being driven. Calls tell us about state vehicles exceeding the speed limit, failing to signal lane changes, following too close, failing to yield right-of-way or other driving behavior that could lead to a crash.

Poor driving habits are precludes to crashes. Little thing we don't notice anymore about our driving turn deadly in the wrong circumstances. Most people report they are "good" drivers; it's everyone else out there. Those poor habits are noticed by others when it's an E-plate speeding, following too close or failing to signal.

Citations including photo-radar tickets are reported through various channels. The state DOES NOT PAY for parking fines or traffic tickets. The cost is the driver's personal expense. Fines may not by requested as part of reimbursement. Moving violations are investigated in the same fashion as a citizen report.

The second category is questions related to the use of the vehicle. Citizens report E-plate cars with child passengers traveling on weekends, occupants going shopping, or the vehicle is parked at a private residence.

Most reports of misuse are unfounded. The public does not realize the variety of work performed by public employees. But some presume it is an "example" of "government waste." It is important to be able to respond and inform the public about the work we do.


State driving goals 

  • Drive in a manner that does not attract attention
  • Use state vehicles only as allowed by statute and rule.
  • Drive defensively to protect self, passengers and other road users
  • Identify and correct deficiencies related to driving and vehicle use.
  • Spot-check overall agency driving safety and vehicle use programs.
  • Improve driving performance and public perception






Contact Risk Management:

Mailing address:
     PO Box 12009
     Salem, Oregon 97309
Phone: 503-373-7475
Fax: 503-373-7337