New big-brother devices for tracking teen drivers are meant to keep accidents and deaths among teen drives down. But are they too big-brother and not enough good-mother (or father)?
There’s nothing more liberating as a teen than being able to drive and take off on your own. A driver’s license is among the first signs of independence, yet the statistics show that many teens may not be ready for the responsibility. Drivers 16 years to 19 years are four times more likely than adults to be involved in fatal crashes. Teen passengers with peers at the wheel are also at risk. One in five 9th-to-11th graders has been involved in at least one crash in the past year.