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Great Hang Up: Bumper stickers give parents extra eyes on the road
Great Hang Up:  Bumper stickers give parents extra eyes on the road

Zephryhills, Florida -- Teenagers often need a reminder not to text and drive.  But what if they got a reminder every time they got into the car?

A new program called iCuDrive might be just what teenagers need to drive safer.  Parents who sign up for iCuDrive get bumper stickers for their children's cars.  Each one features a toll-free number and a personalized code word for the young driver.  If another driver sees them texting behind the wheel or driving dangerously, they call the number and word gets back to the parents.

The idea for iCuDrive came after Laura Myers was driving on Interstate 75.  A texting teenager nearly took out her family and a couple of others.

"As a teen crossed three lanes of traffic, I screamed out, 'I wish I could call your mother!'" said Myers.  "And my eight-year-old son said, 'Why can't you?' And I said, 'I really don't know how.' And he said, 'Well, you need to figure it out.'"

The iCuDrive stickers hit the streets a few weeks ago. With two sons already driving and another coming behind them in a couple of years, Carl Gennaro decided to sign up.

"We don't expect our kids to be perfect," said Gennaro. "But we do want them to be cognizant about how they're driving and what they're doing when they're out there. If there becomes a repetitive problem, then there will be some disciplinary action for it."

But the iCuDrive program isn't only about punishment. If a young driver goes 12 months without any reports, they get an iTunes gift card.

Gennaro's son, Corey, doesn't seem to mind driving with the bumper sticker.

"It kind of makes me aware of what I'm doing," said Corey Gennaro. "Makes sure I'm not cutting people off, makes sure I'm driving properly. It just kind of reinforces what I'm already supposed to be doing."

"As a community," says Myers, "if we all come together and report anything that teens do need to work on we should them of them more as teachable moments and moments that we can actually teach them for their entire lives--things they should be doing better to keep us all safe."

The cost for iCuDrive is $8.99 a month.  A dollar of that goes to teen driver education programs.

To learn more about iCuDrive, click this link.


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