St. Martin Parish technology ascends to new heights with GPS units in every parish vehicle

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Dozens of St. Martin Parish government vehicles are now equipped with GPS tracking systems. 

The Parish President says it’s an effort to be more efficient.

News Ten’s Caroline Marcello has the story. 

54 GPS units have been installed in parish vehicles. Parish President Chester Cedars says its a way to save taxpayers dollars 

The parish is now looking to add units in bulldozers, excavators, and other big equipment. 

“I’m trying to be as good a steward of their public money as i possibly can be and certainly I make no apologies for doing what’s necessary to be more productive and more accountable and in the end more efficient.” 

A new vehicle use policy has also been implemented, setting parameters for who gets to use vehicles and when. 

“All of that is in an effort to make us more productive and more efficient and more proficient and more accountable” 

The GPS systems cost the parish about $11,000 and the monthly upkeep runs about $1,000.

With these added safety changes,  Cedars says  insurance for the parish has gone down.

“The end of the day I think everyone is going to see the savings and the use of human resources, the use of equipment, and the insurance cost is going to more than pay for itself.” 

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