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the Safety Signal January 2012 - Page 1 New system for permits division January 2012 (Continued) If you would like to make a submission or suggest a story idea to be published, please send your information to Public Information Officer Deanna Beckham Hargus, editor, via e-mail to email@example.com or call 405-425-7708. It has been almost seven years since the Size and Weights division has updated their system to issue permits. In computer years, that might as well be a century. But Director Larry Punneo has been optimistic since November 1, 2011 when their new system went online. With a total of 32 employees, Punneo reports that with the new system in place, they issue approximately 900 permits a day. “Prior to the new system, we issued 950 each day,” said Punneo. But with the new system having been online for only three months, Punneo feels they have made great strides in keeping up with demand and in time, will exceed prior numbers. The system now allows a greater majority of permits to be issued from start to finish by automation. “People were so frustrated for being put on hold for so long that sometimes they would bootleg the load instead,” said Punneo. “The first day was chaos,” said Administrative Officer Carolyn Owings, assistant director, who has worked in the permit office for 32 years. She said the first two weeks they worked as much as 14 hours a day in an effort to keep things running smooth. “Sometimes we didn’t get out of here until midnight. We began to wonder what we got ourselves into,” joked Owings. “But that’s with anything new when you go live with it. By December we started to see some relief. There are still some areas needing improvement but it is a much better deal. The public is starting to get used to it.” She said the feature that needs the most tweaking is the routing portion. “Our customers are asked to put in the beginning and ending locations, the two destinations, and then tell it to generate that information,” said Owings. “The system takes into consideration the dimensions of the vehicle, the weight of the unit and the Becky Mederos (top left) and Melanie Bush feed restrictions mandated by ODOT into the system. Pins on the map indicate road construction throughout the state.
|Okla State Agency||
Safety, Oklahoma Department of Public
|Okla Agency Code||'585'|
|Title||Safety signal, 01/2012|
Oklahoma. Department of Public Safety.
|Purpose||New system for permits division|
|For all issues click||S300.6 S128|
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