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Claims Down Against City Vehicles in Seattle

May 25, 2005

SEATTLE – For the third straight year, the city of Seattle's claim and lawsuit settlement costs were down for 2004, according to the Website, In 2004, claims resulting from accidents involving city vehicles totaled 272, which is 18 percent below the 331 average for the 1998-2001 period. Officials credit improved driver safety programs implemented by City Light and Parks with the reduction in claims. All employees who drive as part of their jobs through defensive driver training, actively investigates all accidents, counsels and retrains employees involved in multiple accidents, obtains five-year driving records before making hiring decisions, and screens out drivers with bad records.

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