Columbus Installs GPS Units In Vehicles After Watchdog 10 Investigation

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The City of Columbus is installing tracking devices in nearly all of its vehicles.

On Wednesday, city officials unveiled the new GPS Telematics System at its fleet facility on Groves Road.

Kelly Reagan, a Columbus Fleet administrator, said the city is about 50 percent through the project of installing the tracking devices.

The move came after a series of  Watchdog 10 investigations found Columbus city workers wasting time and money on the job.

A year-long Watchdog 10 investigations found city cars and trucks idling and wasting gas while on the job. In one case Watchdog 10 caught a city worker making doughnut runs day after day.

Tyneisha Harden with Mayor Michael Coleman’s office told Watchdog 10 on Wednesday that the GPS installation was more about tracking gas than tracking city employees.

“I don’t think that has really impacted the city’s decision to implement the program,” Harden said.

City officials said the GPS unites were expected to pay for themselves within about 18 months because of gas savings.

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