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Big Brother Is Watching You … Drive

PALMETTO STATE PROGRAM TRACKS EMPLOYEES’ DRIVING RECORDS S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has launched a new for-profit “employer notification program” that rats out drivers and puts state government squarely in another “non-core” function. The program aims to “monitor an employee’s driving record for an employer” and “notify…

PALMETTO STATE PROGRAM TRACKS EMPLOYEES’ DRIVING RECORDS

S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) has launched a new for-profit “employer notification program” that rats out drivers and puts state government squarely in another “non-core” function.

The program aims to “monitor an employee’s driving record for an employer” and “notify the employer that an event has occurred which resulted in a change to the employee’s driving record.”

“Any driving violations, suspensions, and license changes will be reported for a period of one calendar year from the date the report is executed,” the SCDMV noted in announcing the program.  “Accidents which cause physical damage over $1000 or results in bodily injury will also be reported. The report is generated once each week on Saturday.”

How Orwellian …

No word on whether employees must give their consent prior to being monitored by this new government program, although the agency allows for driver information to be entered “individually or uploaded via an Excel or CSV file.”

So we’re guessing … no.

The reports generated by the agency can then be viewed online … and, you know, hacked.

So, how much does it cost to hire government to go all “Big Brother” on your employees behind the wheel?  It depends …

“The cost of using this service is based upon a sliding scale of the number of employees enrolled by the employer and will be billed annually,” the agency noted.  “An audit by SCDMV may occur at any time after initial enrollment.  If the employer exceeds the sliding scale that they are being billed at during the audit they will be billed at the level uncovered during the audit.”

In other words the government will charge whatever it wants … knowing full well taxpayers are subsidizing the whole operation.

What a joke …

Count on FITS to investigate how much taxpayer money has been wasted in setting up this for-profit operation – and what the agency plans on spending on a recurring basis to keep it up and running.

Oh, and we have no doubt many of the customers for this service will be … wait for it … taxpayer-subsidized state agencies.

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51 comments

stumpknocker October 31, 2015 at 4:46 pm

i’m sure the service will be sub contracted out “no bid” to some private company belonging to a lawmakers son so he can collect fat check for the rest of his life, maybe kick a little money back to dear old dad for a consulting fee.

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shifty henry October 31, 2015 at 5:46 pm

This is a totally shitty idea…. whoever participated in implementing it should have their collective asses kicked in public and available for uploading!

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idcydm October 31, 2015 at 7:57 pm Reply
shifty henry October 31, 2015 at 8:25 pm

I really enjoy that sort of stuff. Folks with imagination can create cool stuff, whether it’s his costumes, or others who make films, write books, and even you who post here on Sic’s site……

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shifty henry October 31, 2015 at 5:48 pm

+10

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Sic Semper Tyrannis October 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Hopefully my spunk may hit the camera’s lens.

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Sic Semper Tyrannus October 31, 2015 at 7:25 pm

LOve to put my spunk in your ass.

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jimlewisowb October 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Employers will cancel this service after the first year

DUIs will he a high priority for employers

However their employees will have to have a DUI conviction for any negative impact and as everyone knows very few individuals get convicted of DUI thanks to guess who, lawyer/legislators

Sounds like the legislators who created this golden goose have stepped in their own goose shit

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shifty henry November 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Shoofly & Pebble Farm to Market Insurance has me covered. They even provide a defense lawyer for me. No Indictments and no convictions….. yet!

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erneba November 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

Are you sure they don’t have a room reserved for you down at the cross-bar hotel?

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erneba October 31, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Employers that want to check up on employees by peeking into their driving records should be prohibited from obtaining any information without the employee’s knowledge and approval. That is, if they have no vested interest in the vehicle and associated costs pertaining to the vehicles you drive.
I worked for a firm in Atlanta for over twenty years that supplied company cars that could be used by the individual for personal use. The only limitations that I remember was no modifications, ie, trailer hitches and mods to the power plant. The company paid for all insurance, we were issued various credit cards for gas and repairs. We even had a garage for gas and minor repairs at the Regional office where I worked. If you went on vacation or exceeded a three hundred mile limit, you were asked to reimbursed the company at ten cents a mile for all mileage pertaining to the trip that was over six hundred miles. I made many a round trip from Atlanta to Boca Raton, Florida and back and applied that measure. Would it have been OK for them to monitor my driving habits? I would have probably said “YES” for the convenience and cost savings I experienced by having a company car assigned to me for both professional and private use. Since the company paid all the insurance costs, I would think some records had to be kept on driving records. That should be stated up front by the company if the want to explore your driving habits. If you take the car with that expected, then is it OK? I don’t think I would have liked them knowing my driving habits, but after all, it is their car.
But, your employer wanting to explore your driving habits in you own personal car, which you do not use for company business is entirely out of the question.
While working for the the state, for fifteen years, here in SC I was assigned a state car that was driven home every night , because the hours were highly variable and I lived seventy miles from Columbia and my office was there, which I rarely visited. Is it OK for the state to monitor an employee’s driving record that is in a travel status.
For an average employee of any company that has no vested interest in your mode of transportation, I would find it highly unlikely that random monitoring of your driving records could be considered legal.
And then you have a whole category of people that drive for a living using company owned assets; bus drivers, truck drivers, delivery people,etc. I would think monitoring by their employers is contractual.

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Speak D Truth November 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

They have enough information in your personnel file to go to scdmvonline and see if your license is suspended. They shouldn’t need to know anymore than that about my personal driving history.
They could have a system that allows them to know if a company vehicle is involved in a wreck or is pulled over and a citation is issued to anyone in the vehicle.

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erneba November 1, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Yes, I agree with that logic. The owner of the vehicle should ensure that no one is abusing their asset, or being reckless, either in private industry or the public sector.
But, an employer checking your driving status on your privately owned vehicle, just to check on your personal behavior, is entirely out of the question.
I bet this new program is tailored for private individuals driving an asset own by a company or government entity.

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Speak D Truth November 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

I believe that they have a right to make sure that you have a valid license if you are going to be operating their vehicles and a right to be notified if their vehicle is stopped by a law enforcement officer or involved in a wreck.

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Bible Thumper October 31, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Another crazy weekend of football: #22 Duke goes ahead of Miami with a touchdown and two point conversion with 6 seconds left. 27 – 24. Miami returns the kickoff with an eight lateral return for a touchdown to win. 24 – 30

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stumpknocker October 31, 2015 at 11:23 pm

do we still break bread?

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Bible Thumper October 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

And wine…

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stumpknocker October 31, 2015 at 11:38 pm

i pray to God for men like you thumper thAnks for you being, and God it really sucks to be here, with all the really sick shit going on, i am not asking for for forgiveness for drinking wine, i fucking need it

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Bible Thumper October 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm

No forgiveness required. Take care.

stumpknocker October 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm

i say i am church of england, and that is the church i take communion from God from, i am far from good, but i commune with Jesus.

Bible Thumper October 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Don’t most members who live outside of the United Kingdom refer to their church as Anglican?

stumpknocker November 1, 2015 at 12:07 am

there are those of us that accept same sex marriage and those who believe God rejecks it, this issue hurts me, honestly, i think homosexuallylity is discucsting, but they are my fellows in Christ, and i stand with my fellows in Christ.

Bible Thumper November 1, 2015 at 12:14 am

I always made a distinction between accepting gays as Christians and accepting gay marriage, but that distinction is not acceptable to most gays even though relatively few get married. It hurts me also.

stumpknocker November 1, 2015 at 12:20 am

well you have never gotten this before, i am a fornicating piece of shit hard drinking irreverent asshole, Jesus my savior, bless Thumper.

stumpknocker November 1, 2015 at 12:21 am

i believe you are blessed

Bible Thumper November 1, 2015 at 12:24 am

i believe you are blessed and drunk.

stumpknocker November 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

just buzzed, i hate myself when i’m drunk, no good comes from it.

stumpknocker November 1, 2015 at 12:29 am

nite thumper

Bible Thumper November 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

Good nite. Say your prayers.

Bob November 1, 2015 at 12:19 am

Would it matter if consent were required? You will lose your job if you decline consent. I know, my company already does this. It is just another get-out-of-jail free card for employers who want to avoid liability for terminating people.

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Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

I have an ap that tells me when Nikki Haley has an orgasm – but it hasn’t buzzed in over 5 years.

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euwe max November 1, 2015 at 9:37 am

You stole her vibrator?

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Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Both of them.

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shifty henry November 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I have an app that tells me when Nikki gives someone an orgasm, which is an average of 3-5 per week.

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Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Humph!!!! Is there head cam with that app so we can see who it is?

shifty henry November 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

Sorry, but it’s a cheap one that shows only a graph/grid with lines like: ___________vvvvvVVVVV_____>>>>>vvvvVVVVV _____^^^^^^^^^vvvvvvzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZ …..

Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

So we don’t even know if it’s oral?

shifty henry November 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

No, Rocky, trying to read it so complicated…..

jimlewisowb November 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Didn’t know the DickOgram had hit the market

shifty henry November 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Could you wish for one that really existed — but in reverse?

Elfego November 1, 2015 at 11:01 am

I would prefer they monitor the use of state,city and county vehicles more closely and speeding or drunken legislators.Then maybe we could monitor how much money legislators or their law firms collect from the state insurance system and contracts. I submit that would be very important information for tax payers to have since we employ all of these folks.

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TARevolution November 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Yet from Eckstrom, Rick Santorum and their personal relationships to making personal accusations against, Rick Perry, Lindsay Graham and Tom Scott — FITS constantly has his nose in er’body’s underwear drawer…And we have not even mentioned Gov. Haley…

Big Brother?????…FITSNews in the most intrusive, tattle-tale, busy body, old bat in the neighborhood…

If a Liberal-Tarian gets in office…expect the government to film everything you do, and broadcast it to the world…because they are so small, petty, boring and irresponsible.

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Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

But FITS is journalism – I’m sure if you had attended journalism school you would under stand the difference.

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You Clueless Bastard November 1, 2015 at 5:09 pm

So did the CNBC debate panel…LMAO..
When the audience is of your intelligence level, what fucking difference does it make??…LMAO…

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Rocky Verdad November 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Awe, wittle GT didn’t wike the mean moderator questions from CNBC. Awe, did Mummy stroke your bald head later to make it better??

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9" November 1, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Check out how SCDMH is ripping parents off by their presence in middle and high schools .
Just say no to drugs , unless you’re doing the ones we prescribe

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RAkkasan November 2, 2015 at 9:25 am

Tell us more

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nitrat November 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Yeah, but I bet the Kochs just love stuff like this because it puts the boss man in the catbird seat…and, as we all know from reading this blog, Libertarianism is all about giving the employer, the boss man, the rich man the ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ to screw over employees, customers and the environment any way they can and get away with it.
This has got ALEC written all over it…dummies.

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erneba November 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm

So the Koch brothers names are written all over this. Now I understand, thanks for clearing that up for me.

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west_rhino November 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Wonder if we constitute drunk as a judge’s employers for these purposes… what say you Jean Toal?

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