GPS devices save tax dollars in the long run
Last year, The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, did an investigative report on the use of city-issued vehicles. The report found that in one year, 450 city employees logged 5.6 million miles in city vehicles used to travel to and from work. Columbus officials said they could not account for all those miles.
This year, Columbus began installing GPS tracking devices in its city vehicles, including a number issued to fire and police employees. Two fire chiefs already stand accused of driving over 100 miles per hour during non-emergencies.
Just like any business utilizes systems to track inventory and assets, it is just as necessary for government entities to do the same. Businesses that allow their employees access to company vehicles also track driving practices to ensure their property, and the people who come into contact with that property, remain safe. Again, it is necessary for our governmental entities to do the same.
The fact that the Welsh and Jennings police departments and Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office now all have units outfitted with GPS devices is good news on both sides of the fence. Taxpayers and officials can know how units are being handled (or mishandled) and law enforcement officers can defend themselves if questioned or accused on their behavior while driving.
The money spent in acquiring, fueling and maintaining city-issued vehicles is too much to leave room for any mishandling of a car. While GPS units do come with monthly or annual fees, those costs are far below what is paid when vehicle misuse is overlooked.
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