Triple A insurance program monitors teens' driving

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:27pm

When high school lets out, does your teenager head straight home?

Do they obey the speed limit getting there?

Many parents aren't really sure, but for some teens, the days of unsupervised joy rides have come to a virtual dead end.

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 Triple A.

Spokesman Doug 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," he said. "This is how many speed alerts we received today."

Triple A said its Onboard program is being used in Texas and four other states right now. The auto group said its planning to expand the program nationwide.

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