GPS technology that tracks speed highlighted in wake of Rowan Co. teen deaths
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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A car accident that killed two Rowan County teenagers is raising awareness on teen driving safety.
Now a Huntersville business owner, specializing in GPS tracking devices, spoke out about options parents have to help keep teenagers safe behind the wheel.
He said most parents aren't aware the technology that tracks speed is accessible.
"If one parent buys one of these, puts it in their teens car, then it's a success," said Miles Huneycutt, Owner of Eye-Intel. He said his focus now is on GPS devices that can track speed. Partly because he's a father of two soon-to-be teenage drivers himself.
"It's constant nagging, you know, slow down, watch that sign, put your phone down, turn the radio down," said Huneycutt.
Troopers said a crash that killed two West Rowan High School students Monday was caused by speeding.
Cody Rives, 16, was going 70 in a 55-mph zone when he lost of control of the car killing himself and his passenger, Terry Johnson, 15.
"That is a prime example of something that didn't need to happen," said Huneycutt.
Huneycutt said it's one way you can still ride along with your child. A variety of trackers send real time updates on speed and location. They can be portable and some even come with cameras.
"The bottom line is, this isn't a trust issue, this is a safety issue," said Huneycutt.
He said whether parents buy the device or not, he suggests keeping open conversations with new drivers about their choices to help them understand the risks.
Huneycutt is scheduled to speak to the PTA at West Rowan High School September 13th. That was scheduled prior to Monday's crash.
The devices can run from $159 to $299. Some also require a monthly fee.
More information on Eye-Intel products is available here.