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GPS monitors speed and miles of CFPUA vehicles

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The data looked at speeds more than five miles per hour over the limit. (Source: WECT) The data looked at speeds more than five miles per hour over the limit. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Driving is the focus of a new policy for the CFPUA, and officials looked at speed, mileage, and gas savings using information from a GPS installed in vehicles used by the utility company.

Data was collected over six months watching the way employees drove. Officials hoped it would promote efficiency, safety and security within 138 of the utility company's vehicles.

From that information, they were able to form a policy to keep those drivers accountable.

What officials found is that employees reportedly went over the speed limit more than 3,500 times during the first three months they were being monitored. When the tracking policy was applied, that number dropped drastically to only 162 speeding incidents.

The data looked at speeds more than five miles per hour over the limit.

Officials hope the tracking devices will make employees be more aware of their driving habits.

"The cost of safety is hard to put a dollar figure on and if our fleet is more aware of their driving characteristics and are traveling more safely, the community wins on many fronts," Executive Director Jim Flechtner said.

The research also found that employee mileage dropped by nearly 30,000 miles when the policy was put into place.

"With heightened awareness of where we're traveling, our supervisors can see the routes our employees are taking, we can better program our work and be more efficient," Flechtner said.

The drop in mileage also means less money spent on fuel costs and less wear and tear on the vehicles.

"When the data is projected out over a 52-week period, more than 123,000 miles could be cut from CFPUA's travels, saving more nearly $34,000 in gasoline costs," Communications Officer Mike McGill said. "The data shows CFPUA's GPS system will also 'save' the Authority from replacing one vehicle a year, cutting approximately $20,000 a year in costs."

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