PODCAST: Ex-cops offer parents surveillance
With motor vehicle accidents accounting for most deaths among teens, a pair of ex-cops say they'll tailgate your teen and report back to you if they're texting, talking on a cell phone or speeding.
Quest Driving Safety charges $99 dollars per 20 minute surveillance. They'll follow your teen, an elderly driver, or even commercial drivers to assess their road skills.
"You get the teen driving better, because they may be checked out. You also get valuable feedback going back to the parents so they can sit down with the teen again and go over how to improve their driving," co-owner Gary Lawrence tells KTRH News.
However, critics such as Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano argue it violates a teen's right to privacy.
"This is a serious violation of the Fourth Amendment right of the person who is spied on, whether it's my grandmother or my nephew," says Napolitano.
"Soon we will look like East Germany, where when you spied on someone, if you didn't report what you saw, you could be prosecuted for not reporting your neighbor," he says.
But Lawrence disagrees, adding both parties have to sign off on it.
"It's not a secret, because we want the teens to think 'is this the day I'm going be evaluated," he says.
The number one violation for teen drivers: driving too fast for conditions. For the elderly, following too close.
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