CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's vehicle use policy now officially requires employees to be on duty before getting behind the wheel.
During their regular meeting Thursday, Mississippi County commissioners approved a revised county vehicle use policy to be signed by all employees of the county that drive a county-owned vehicle.
While the county has had a vehicle use policy in effect for some time, "honestly, it hasn't been abided by," Commissioner Jim Blumenberg said.
As directed by commissioners, County Clerk Junior DeLay revised the "driver's affirmation" portion of the policy.
Immediately following the phrase "I have read and will abide by the conditions stated in this document regarding the operation of any vehicle for Mississippi County, the addition now reads: "Furthermore, I understand that Mississippi County's insurance coverage will not extend to any losses incurred while operating a vehicle not in the course of Mississippi County employment."
"If they're not logged in (on duty), they're not covered," Blumenberg said. "They need to understand that."
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