The City of Inglewood’s accident costs have risen continuously throughout the years. The city is now taking an aggressive approach to reducing these costs. It hopes to reduce accident occurrence by implementing several different programs, part of its “7 Elements of Success” initiative, according to Longobart. The first element, the WebTech Wireless Quadrant System — installing global positioning systems (GPS) in city vehicles — has already been implemented. The city has installed GPS in 30 vehicles to monitor location, speed, and utilization of city equipment. The second element, currently installed on five vehicles (all paratransit buses), is DriveCam, a system that records video of the vehicle and driver 10 seconds before and 10 seconds after an event has occurred. This system is an added precaution to monitor driver behavior visually. According to Longobart, the system, triggered by g-force, alerts the fleet manager of the incident through a streaming video reviewed via computer and when integrated with GPS, the system sends an e-mail notification to the supervisor and risk manager that an accident has occurred. Clips of incidents are sent to the city’s legal department for assessment. The videos can be beneficial to fleet agencies, providing clear evidence when the city driver is not at fault in an accident, thus helping clear the city of liability. Another preventive feature of DriveCam is that when it is triggered, it shows up on the city’s GPS computer screen as a warning flag and sends a message to the supervisor via e-mail or text message, reporting the vehicle was involved in either an accident or poor driving condition. The DriveCam system is related to Inglewood’s third “Element of Success”— the CCG System, FASTER Fleet Management Software System, which enables the information to be interfaced into the city’s information system. The fourth element Inglewood has implemented is a Reverse LCD Sensor System for high-severity vehicles. This technology indicates to drivers how close they are to an object when backing up. An LCD screen mounted on the vehicle’s dashboard alerts the operator both visually and audibly of an object’s position to the rear. The vehicle’s distance to the object is shown on the LCD screen, measured in feet. An audio tone increases in volume as the vehicle approaches the object. The fifth “Element of Success” is a driver training program, P.A.C.E.,which concentrates on driving behavior and accident prevention. P.A.C.E. stands for:
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