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City Puts Brakes On Vehicle Cameras

Updated: 1 year ago.
The Atlanta City Council has delayed a plan to install cameras in city-owned vehicles in Atlanta, voting Monday to send it back to committee for further study. The idea has prompted privacy concerns from the workers who would be videotaped. (Photo Courtesy of Brian L. Griffin via Flickr.)

The Atlanta City Council has delayed a plan to install cameras in city-owned vehicles in Atlanta, voting Monday to send it back to committee for further study.

Atlanta officials have said the plan calls for 175 cameras to be installed in city vehicles. The idea has prompted privacy concerns from the workers who would be videotaped.

City officials say the goal is to save taxpayers millions of dollars in accident claims. They say it would cut down on careless or dangerous driving by discouraging texting, cellphone use and increasing safety and seatbelt use.

Some employees fear that the cameras will give their bosses a way to spy on them.

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