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Some city workers will have to take driving course

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BATON ROUGE - Some city workers are headed to the classroom.

Metro Council passed an ordinance that requires city workers who drive city vehicles to take a defensive driving course. Police and fire personnel are exempt, because they already take a more rigorous class.

Councilman Buddy Amoroso introduced the ordinance, and it passed with overwhelming support.

The city-parish is self insured, meaning when a city vehicle is involved in a crash; the city-parish is responsible for damages. It could mean, also paying to settle lawsuits. According to a recent WBRZ News 2 Investigation, that added up to more than $5 million in the past seven years.

Holding the defensive driving class for city workers will cost about $4 per student. Under the ordinance, more than 600 workers will be required to take defensive driving classes every two years.



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