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Columbus To Add Tracking Devices To City Vehicles

Columbus city leaders plan to track the speed and location of its police cruisers and other city-owned vehicles in hopes of saving fuel and boosting employee efficiency. Columbus City Council members on Monday approved spending $1.9 million for GPS tracking and monitoring systems in its vehicles. It would show supervisors when employees speed or visit unauthorized sites. It also could help recover stolen vehicles and illustrate which equipment is underused. The city's finance director says officials anticipate the benefit in fuel savings and efficiency would be larger than the costs. He says it will take months to get the tracking systems ready. The head of the union for city police says the program raises concerns because it would involve discipline, which must be negotiated with union officials.