1: IntroductionOperation of university owned vehicles or PLU rented vehicles is available to students, staff and faculty upon completion of the PLU drivers certification process. All members of the university who are authorized to drive university vehicles or otherwise operate a vehicle to conduct university business must operate vehicles in strict accordance with all Washington State and Pierce County laws. No work or errand is of sufficient importance to violate safe driving practices. Safe vehicle operation is the responsibility of all members of the PLU community while participating in all PLU business or activities.
1.1 HazardsTraffic-related motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of work-related injury death. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, three workers die every day in vehicle crashes.
Vehicle accidents can happen at any time. In general, however, the PLU community experiences the most accidents after events that are physically tiring, during long trips, during bad weather, or in the late afternoon and evening hours. Parking accidents are also common.