HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The state Department of Children and Families has asked the state budget office to install global positioning devices in state vehicles to keep tabs on workers.

The Stamford Advocate reports that the agency in charge of child protection and custody issues has asked the state budget office to install devices in 800 vehicles.

Social service agency officials say the investment would result in $240,000 in savings and provide a safer working environment for employees and clients by identifying locations where problems may occur.

Paperwork filed with the budget office also cited a need to address bad driving habits. The agency also said nonprofit organizations have cut overtime and gas costs with the devices.

The issue has come up before, though a recommendation for a pilot program for state cars in 2009 fell flat.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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