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Jersey City, N.J. to Track Employees' Movements with Smartphone App

The local government of Jersey City, N.J. is planning to track employees who use city-owned vehicles for their job.

The city is turning to a smartphone app that works with a GPS tracking system that is installed in the vehicles.

Jersey City's Public Works Division will know where the vehicles are, both on and off the clock, and hopes to cut down on joy riding.

“We can track where they go, how long the ignition has been on for or off for, what the stops are, how long they’d been at each stop, so it creates another measure of accountability,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop told

Apparently, before the app was installed, a city employee was caught using a city vehicle to pick up a prostitute.

While Jersey City watches its employees, the city of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. has banned flip-flops in two of its parks.

However, the rule came as a surprise to some lawmakers.

“I wouldn’t think twice about going into the dog park in my flip-flops. I don’t think we need to really be telling people what to wear on their feet,” Commission Vice Chairwoman Jenny Fries told the Los Angeles Times.

San Juan Capistrano City spokeswoman Cathy Salcedo said the ban had been implemented because of the city’s insurer, but she is trying to reach the project managers who oversee the parks.

Sources: Los Angeles Times and


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