Not everyone behind
the wheel of a state-owned vehicle in Wisconsin should be there, according to a
A state audit
ordered by the legislature and conducted by the Department of Administration
found more than 400 individuals who were allowed to drive state-owned vehicles
without meeting minimum driving standards.
Of the 422
employees, 210 had three or more moving violations in the past two years, 149
didn’t have valid driver’s licenses and 88 had one or more alcohol-related
offenses in the last year, the Duluth News Tribune reported.
individuals within the Department of Corrections – many of whom were inmates – were allowed to drive without proper background checks, according to the News
“If we’ve got
policies that are consistent to all employees, we certainly should have them
for inmates,” Sen. Carol Roessler, R-Oshkosh, co-chairwoman of the Joint
Committee on Audit, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
The audit of the
state’s driving enforcement follows a 2004 order by Gov. Jim Doyle to sell
1,000 of the state’s bloated 6,700-vehicle fleet.