Every state driver has the opportunity to promote safety on the state's roads by adopting
and displaying safe driving habits at all times.
Safe driving contributes to personal safety as well as to the safety of fellow drivers
and pedestrians. Review basic driver safety tips.
Follow these rules and regulations while operating a State-Owned Vehicle:
To reserve a state-owned vehicle contact Lower Columbia College Campus Services at
(360) 442-2260. Drivers of any full-sized van owned by LCC must complete Van Safety Training, subject
to renewal every two years. Contact Environment Health & Safety to enroll at (360) 442-2273.
- Use state vehicles for official LCC business only.
- Operate the vehicle in a professional and safe manner and comply with applicable traffic
laws and regulations.
- Use seat belts as required by state law (RCW 46.61.688) and verbally remind passengers
of their responsibility to use seat belts.
- Have a current driver's license with you at all times.
- Student drivers must also have a minimum of two years driving experience and be 18 years of age, including
- Student drivers must also complete the Student Personal Vehicle Operation Acknowledgment and submit a copy, with required supporting documentation, to Environmental Health
& Safety located in Health & Science Building (HSB) Room 324.
- Notify your supervisor within one business day if your driver's license becomes revoked,
suspended, or invalid.
- Safely organize and store equipment/supplies in the vehicle so they are secure in
the event of a sudden stop.
- Select well-lit, safe areas, for parking state vehicles, if possible.
- Place valuable equipment out of view and lock the vehicle when unattended.
- Direct any third party drivers/vehicle owners who wish to file a claim for damages
allegedly cause by a state owned vehicle to the Washington State Department of Transportation-
Risk Management Office 800.737.0615.
- Promptly pay fines to the appropriate jurisdiction for all parking tickets, citations
or infractions received. Payment of fines and citations under these circumstances
is the sole obligation and responsibility of the driver and is NOT to be reimbursed
or paid by the state.
- Adjust driving speed and vehicle equipment (i.e., use of lights, tire pressure, etc.)
to changing weather conditions. Additionally, the driver is to alter travel plans
as needed for personal safety due to inclement weather or sudden illness.
- Purchase gas, oil, and other items with a state credit card and acquire emergency
repairs to motor vehicles in accordance with applicable Department of Enterprise Services'
motor vehicle regulations. More information is available at Washington State Department of Enterprise Services.
- Follow LCC Policy 625 for reporting vehicle mechanical problems and arranging for service repairs or maintenance.
- Maintain good appearance of the motor vehicle.
- Complete the State of Washington Vehicle Accident Report (SF 137) or other approved
vehicle accident report form when an accident results in either, or both, of the following:
a. Injuries to a state driver, authorized passenger(s), and/or others. b. Damages
to a state vehicle, privately owned vehicle, and/or other vehicle. The completed SF
137 must be mailed or submitted electronically within two working days to the Department
of Enterprise Services, Office of Risk Management and the Safety and/or Risk Management
Office of the reporting agency. See Procedures for Reporting Accidents.
- Complete an LCC accident report if an accident occurs.
Drivers Must Not
- Transport unauthorized passengers not engaged in official LCC business. Examples of
unauthorized passengers may include, but are not limited to, friends, family and pets.
- Use tobacco products.
- Drive under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, drugs or any other impairing substances
as advised by health professionals.
- Transport alcohol/intoxicating substances in state vehicles unless transporting such
substances is within the scope of the driver's official job duties.
- Transport firearms, weapons, or explosives (concealed or otherwise).
- Use radar or speed detecting devices.
- Transport non-college enrolled high school or younger children in full size vans or
other specialty vehicles not meeting state and federal school bus standards. Non-college
enrolled high school and younger children may be transported in mini-vans and sedans.
- Use electronic devices (as much as possible). Electronic devices include, but are
not limited to: cell phones, blackberries, and portable video/music players.
- Hold hand-held wireless communication devices to their ear; or read, write or send
text messages except to report illegal activity, summon emergency help, or prevent
injury to persons or property.