Atlanta city council members deferred voting on the Drivecam pilot program that would activate cameras installed in 175 city vehicles.
"The purpose of the cameras is to collect data on potential risky driving behaviors that may lead to accidents, significant costs and injuries to our employees and the general public," said spokesman Carlos Campos.
Council members sent the pilot program back to the finance committee for further discussion.
Campos said other companies that deploy similar technology have shown that by using this data, and coaching employees, the city will reduce risky behavior, leading to reduced costs for taxpayers and improved safety for employees and the public.
"These cameras are in city-owned vehicles, where employees are expected to only conduct city business, and conduct themselves professionally at all times, regardless of whether they are on video or not," said Campos.
The cameras may also be helpful not only in identifying risky driving behavior, but also have the potential to exonerate a city employee whose actions on the road are in question.
"This program allows us to collect 12 seconds worth of data before and after an incident," said Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard. "It measures intense changes in motion in a car, slam on the brakes, move the wheel aggressively left or right.
At no cost to the city, the cameras have already been installed in 175 vehicles across five departments - Watershed Management, Planning and Community Development, Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Atlanta Fire Rescue.
"It 's not a program to spy on driver," said Beard.
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