Parents who have children with a history of irresponsible
driving could get access to a tool to keep a closer eye on their young drivers.
A bill in the Georgia General Assembly would create a young
driver “monitoring service,” allowing the tracking of teens who have committed
serious traffic violations.
Sponsored by Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, the measure would
create a program that would utilize a cell-phone-enabled global positioning
system to give parents real-time locations and speed of drivers 18 years old
and younger, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.
Monitoring could be used for young drivers who committed
such offenses including: hit and run; leaving the scene of an accident; fleeing
an officer with a vehicle; driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal
drug possession in a vehicle. Speeding violations would be exempted.
The bill would also create a “How’s my driving?” placard for
affected drivers. The placard would display a toll-free phone number and
identification number to allow the public to report “inappropriate driving
The monitoring service then would notify parents about any
inappropriate driving practices.
A judge would be required to recommend the program before
parents could sign their child up for it, the Banner-Herald reported.
Parents would fund the program through rental fees. A
placard would cost between $6 and $15 a month. The GPS would run between $10
and $20 a month.
Parents could choose one or both of the methods for tracking
“I think this is going to make them more aware of their
driving habits,” Murphy told the Banner-Herald. “If this can save lives,
then I think we should do it.”
Murphy’s bill – HB1069 – passed the House Transportation
Committee early last month. It was sent to the full House only to be rerouted
to the House Rules Committee.