Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 7, 2017
REVISED November 7, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #61

Video Event Recorders for Public Safety Vehicles

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Robert L. Smith, Public Safety Director, X-3511

Action Requested
Authorization for the County Administrator to execute the Drivecam Trial Agreement and the Drivecam Program Price Quote - Government Trial for a period of four months at no cost to the County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion

The Emergency Medical Services Division of the Public Safety Department has noticed an increase in vehicle accidents/incidents. This increase can be attributed to several factors including increased call volume, traffic congestion, fatigue, bad driving habits, etc. The objective of this request is to identify the risks of our EMS vehicles and operators in order to reduce the incidents and promote safe driving.

To reduce risk, increase the safety of both our employees and the traveling public, and to be accountable for the responsibility bestowed on our vehicle operations by the requirements of their respective job responsibilities, the EMS Division is seeking a proactive solution to reduce the number of incidents involving EMS vehicles. The product we are seeking will provide video/audio recording of accidents, erratic driving, dangerous driving habits, and abnormal operating circumstances.

The EMS Division seeks a product that not only provides video/audio footage, but more importantly provides an opportunity for our staff to coach/mentor our vehicle operators on safe driving habits and techniques. Several governmental agencies within the state have implemented this product and have enjoyed an accident reduction rate up to 80 percent.

Manatee County Risk Management has paid a significant number of claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars and this request can reduce those claims by a significant amount. By funding and installing cameras on all EMS Division vehicles, a significant reduction in the number of vehicle accidents will occur. Research has indicated the installation of cameras with effective driving coaching/mentoring will reduce the number of accidents between 50 to 82 percent. The reduction of accidents by the percentage listed above will save Manatee County hundreds of thousands of dollars.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
The Lytx Drivecam Agreement was reviewed by Assistant County Attorney William Clague. After the recommended amendments were made to the agreement, Mr. Clague had no objections for scheduling BCC approval. Reference RLS-2017-0173

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Signed copies of approved trial agreement to: michael.kelly@mymanatee.org, randi.dunsworth@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$53,800 - EMS Operations 001-0007101

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
4 month trial, $53,803.92/first year, estimate $20,280/year thereafter.

Attachment:  Drivecam Trial Agr - CAO Comments 5.24.17.pdf
Attachment:  Lytx Price Quote - Manatee County FL - 3_2_2017 TC.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee County Trial MPA 11-2-17 (Lytx signed).pdf
Attachment:  Lytx Price Quote - Manatee County FL - 3_2_2017 Trial.pdf