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Denham Springs to monitor vehicles with GPS

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DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs in Livingston Parish is getting a new way to keep tabs on its employees.

City leaders and department heads will be able to keep track of municipal vehicles after it installs GPS devices on 100 vehicles. The city council approved a contract Tuesday night that costs $1,500 a month. Mayor Gerard Landry says the system proved its worth during a month-long trial period.

"This guy was doing 52 in a 35, so I immediately called him and said you're going way too fast and he said I didn't realize you were tracking my speed also," he said.

That city employee was reprimanded for speeding. The equipment can monitor anything from speed, location and routes.

"So if a supervisor sends his guy out to XYZ Street he can pull it up on the internet and make sure that the vehicle is there, how long it took him to get there, how long he stayed and where he went next," said Landry.

Landry says Denham Springs saw a 7 percent reduction in fuel costs city-wide during the trial period even though only 11 vehicles had a GPS.

"You take away some of the possible abuse," he said. "So if you take $15 a month and you divide it by $3.50 a gallon that's only four gallons of fuel. So if you have any savings at all in the distance that you drive obviously you'll save some money."

Denham Springs will also use the GPS devices to monitor truck speed during mosquito control spraying.

 

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