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Grasshopper could help parents monitor teen driving

Published On: Oct 21 2013 06:47:04 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2013 07:06:05 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A pair of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students decided to do something about the No. 1 cause of death for teenagers.

Driving is a big step in any teenager’s life but thousands are killed or injured in driving-related incidents each year.

Christian Pedretti came up with Teen Grasshopper that ships parents a decal to put on their teen’s car.

“When a following driver is concerned about that teen driving or they’re driving recklessly, they can call this number,” said Pedretti.

The number on the decal goes directly to the mom or dad’s cellphone, Pedretti said.

“Hearing if from their mom or their dad or guardian, that is really important because it’s someone that really cares about them and they have a steady relationship with. I feel like if they hear from them and are concerned, they are more likely to drive safe,” Pedretti said.

For $84, parents can buy the sticker and pay $7 a month for the service.

University of Wisconsin-Madison professor John Lee studies driver behavior and said the Teen Grasshopper tactic may not solve all of the major problems with new drivers.

“Teens, like all of us, don’t really understand the risks of driving,” Lee said.

Risks include texting and driving, speeding and not understanding the basic rules of the road.

“With teens, I think it’s this balance of experience and social conformance. That’s the thing this Grasshopper invention might influence,” Lee said.

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