We can’t always ride along with our teen drivers. Luckily, there’s another way that we can keep an eye on them while they venture through the city on their own. It’s the Tiwi device. It’s like having a parent sit right there in the passenger seat, except it doesn’t take up as much room. Instead it’s a little device that’s located on the windshield — like a parent’s private eye that can help reduce the risks of car accidents in South Bay and elsewhere.
“…it knows where you are, how fast you are going, and most importantly, it knows the speed limit of the street you are driving on,” says Todd Follmer, CEO of Inthinc, the company that manufactures the device.
Our South Bay car accident lawyers understand that this technology is so similar to a parent passenger that it even provides voice warnings to teen drivers who are driving dangerously. If these warnings aren’t acknowledged and driving habits don’t shape up, then a message is sent to parents’ cell phones. The sheer thought of parental oversight is enough to help teen drivers fix their driving habits.
Geo-fencing is also a popular feature on this device. What this does is allow parents to set boundaries for teen drivers. Parents can set areas in which their teen is allowed to drive. When a teen goes outside of these boundaries, then parents will get a notification.
That’s not all. The Tiwi also comes with video cameras. These cameras are activated when the device senses that the driver is doing something risky. Parents have direct access to this footage, too.
Every week, the Tiwi sends reports to parents as to how their teen’s driving habits were and how safe they were behind the wheel. This helps to keep parents in tune with their teen’s road safety and driving skills. Ultimately, it helps to save lives.
‘Yes, they absolutely work,'” says Peter Kissinger, the CEO of AAA.
Teens may whine and complain that it’s an invasion of privacy. Isn’t a little privacy worth giving up to save your life? It’s knowing that a little reporting system is helping your teen to keep an eye on their driving habits. Teen drivers need to be reminded that driving is a privilege, a responsibility and must be taking seriously. They also need to know that parents are going to do everything in their power to keep their children safe behind the wheel.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were nearly 30,500 accidents involving teen drivers in 2009. Throughout the year, more than 150 of these teens died. Do your part to reduce these numbers and keep our teens safe behind the wheel. Parents can make the difference!
If you or the teen driver in your life has been injured or killed in a car accident in South Bay, Miami, Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere throughout South Florida, the South Florida personal injury attorneys at Freeman & Mallard can help you understand your rights and are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve. Call today to schedule a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-529-2368.
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