Parents who suspect their teenager isn’t driving as safely when they’re not in the car with them now have a way to catch them in the act. A new electronic chip, when installed under the dashboard, will record certain events while the car is being driven. The car chip was demonstrated at a West Sacramento teen safety driving event, but the California Highway Patrol does not officially endorse the product. “It’s basically having the parents in the car without having them in the car,” said Officer Arnold Hardy. The device costs $100.
According to news reports, while testing the device on surface streets and Highway 50, the chip recorded the speed and any hard accelerations made by a Ford Escape. Initially, the test did not detect hard braking, but after the device’s sensitivity was changed, “panic stops” were accurately recorded. All data stored on the device is downloaded to a computer via a USB port. The device is meant to prevent teenagers from making actions which often indicate distracted driving, such as quickly stopping or starting. “Some of the things we see with individuals who are driving distracted are the same driving habits we see with drunk drivers,” Quintero said.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I hope this technology enforces safe driving behavior. If you or a loved one are hurt in a wreck caused by reckless driving, discuss your case with a car accident attorney Los Angeles.