An effort to give Georgia parents access to a tool to keep
an eye on their young drivers has died in the House of Representatives.
The bill remained in the House Rules Committee at a deadline
to advance to the House floor, effectively killing it for the year.
Sponsored by Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, the bill would have
created a young driver “monitoring service,” allowing the tracking of teens who
have committed serious traffic violations.
The measure – HB1069 – called for setting up 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
Monitoring could have been 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 have
The bill would also have created a “How’s my driving?”
placard for affected drivers. The placard would have displayed a toll-free
phone number and identification number to allow the public to report
“inappropriate driving practices.”
service then would have notified parents about any inappropriate driving
A judge would have been required to recommend the program
before parents could sign their child up for it, the Banner-Herald reported.
Parents would have funded the program through rental fees. A
placard would have cost between $6 and $15 a month. The GPS would have run
between $10 and $20 a month.
Parents could have chosen one or both of the methods for
tracking their child.