AAA Offers Parents Tracking Device for Teen Drivers
(KCEN) -- New technology is letting parents keep an eye on their teenaged drivers when they are on the go.
The device lets parents know where their children are and even how fast they are driving.
When high school lets out, does your teenager head straight home?
Do they obey the speed limit getting there? Many of us aren't really sure.
But, for some teens, the days of unsupervised joy rides have come to a virtual dead end.
For about a year now, Kimberly Torres has tracked her teenage daughter's every move and her every moving violation.
"Seventy-nine miles-per-hour in a 50. She was getting very bold," Torres said.
The real time tattle tales which come via computer and text message alerts are made possible by a plug-in device issued free of charge to members who insure their cars and their children through AAA.
According to AAA spokesman Doug Shupe, "You will know if your car goes outside a certain boundary, if it's used after a certain time, so you can set a curfew. And then, also, you can set a speed limit."
Shupe insists the program isn't about catching kids driving badly; it's about counseling them when they do.
"We want them to talk about, 'Look, this is how many curfews that were broken today. This is how many speed alerts we received today,'" he said.
Kimberly Torres says she's had plenty of those talks with her daughter.
"This is an awesome tool to be able to recognize what's going wrong and be able to have some conversations with her," she said.
She's sure that it helped her teen steer clear of some dangerous driving habits.
And says it also prevented her from becoming a nervous wreck.
AAA says its onboard program is being used in Texas and four other states right now.
The auto group says its planning to expand the program nationwide.
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