City managers are installing cameras into government vehicles. The cameras have microphones that can run continuously.
It's a test program for the city. During the initial run, 175 vehicles are getting the cameras. The idea is that employees may drive more carefully if the city has the ability to watch.
"These are data systems that are intended to analyze employee behaviors behind the wheel," Carlos Campos, a spokesperson for Mayor Kasim Reed.
Gina Pagnotta-Murphy, president of the Professional Association of City Employees (PACE) union, said that she'd been told that the camera, which has a recording button that activates only upon aggressive action, will be used solely to track accident causes.