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Council delays vote on cameras in city vehicles

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ATLANTA -

The Atlanta City Council held off voting on a highlycontroversial program to install cameras in city vehicles on Monday.

City officials say the program will save taxpayers millionsof dollars in accident claims, but some critics call it spying.

At the Atlanta City Council meeting onMonday, Stephen Borders, the president of the Atlanta Professional Firefightersunion, appealed to the policymakers to put a halt and study what the firedepartment has already begun to use.

"Atlanta Fire and Rescue is blessed with some of the bestdrivers around. They understand the responsibility and the need for safe drivingand our driving record proves it. Atlanta Professional Firefighters have beenflooded with calls from worried employees," Borders said.

Gina Pagnotta, president of the PACE union, also had questionsabout the program, which she called an "I-Spy camera."

City managers say the cameras will improve efficiency. Bordersdisagrees.

"Our drivers and officers that areresponding to the emergencies have so many things to focus on. There's so many indicatorsinside the truck. There are so many things to take into account of theemergency that you are responding to. This is one more thing that many have reportedas capturing the focus," Borders said.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's administration asked the council topostpone the vote on Monday.

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