Georgia bill to track reckless teen drivers dies

| 4/26/2006

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 Banner-Herald reported.

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 been exempted.

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.”

The monitoring service then would have notified parents about any inappropriate driving practices.

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.