Special Key Curbs Teen Drivers

As the Associated Press reports, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and speeding is a major factor.

Parents of teen drivers worry. They worry that when they hand over the keys, their teen will drive down the highway at 100 miles per hour with the radio blaring. Those worried parents might relax a bit now that Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a new system that would put the brakes on some dangerous behaviors.

Ford announced this week that it had developed a system called “MyKey.” Beginning with the 2010 model year, some cars will come with a “teen” key that can limit the car’s speed to 80 miles per hour. The teen key can be programmed to limit how loudly the radio can be played and will sound continuous alerts if the seat belt isn’t fastened. Parents even have the option of muting the radio if the seatbelt isn’t fastened.

Reaction to MyKey has been mixed. Some are calling it a nanny key and others criticize the system for its Big Brother feel. Teens aren’t crazy about it either.

But as the Associated Press reports, car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens, and speeding is a major factor. “The rate of crashes, fatal and nonfatal, per mile driven for 16-year-old drivers is almost 10 times the rate for drivers ages 30 to 59, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. we hope you can avoid a future accident. However, if you were unfortunate enough to be involved in an auto accident, rest assured that help is available. Please schedule a free consultation with motor vehicle accident attorney Chris Hoffmann by calling us at (314) 361-4242 or filling out our personal injury contact form.

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