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Spying On Your Teen Driver

wtov9.com | Nov 23 2004

STEUBENVILLE, OH -- Five months ago Sean Campbell got that coveted key to teen freedom. His drivers license. Sean says, "I usually just drive to school or if i need to go to practice or a meeting after school anywhere i need to go."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 3,600 teens die in car crashes every year. Fifteen die a day because of inexperience behind the wheel, excessive speed and too many passengers in the car, or alcohol.


It's a statistic that sticks with parents.

Sean's dad Scott Campbell says, "It's always a concern when your kids are out on the road. It's a matter of do you have faith and trust in your kids or not."

Now there is trust in the form of big brother. It's called smart track. It's a global positioning satellite system you can attach to your teenagers car, then track where they go on your home computer.

Sean agreed to test it out.

He took a drive up Sunset Boulevard in Steubenville, hit Main Street in Wintersville, then made his way to US 22. During his drive, the GPS was recording his every move. It records the time of day he was driving, the streets he stopped on, and his speed.

Sean's dad watched from his computer.

"I kind of watched the speed, he didn't get too far out of line."

Sean and his dad describe their relationship as trusting. One reason Sean says this device infringes on a teens rights, but from a parents point of view, this device has safety in mind.





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