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Franks backs teen monitor
Published December 11, 2004
BRADENTON - Retired Gen. Tommy Franks has signed on to be the spokesman for a company that uses global positioning system technology in teens' cell phones to let parents know how fast they're driving.
Franks, who as commander of U.S. Central Command based at MacDill Air Force directed the invasion of Iraq, will be the official face of Teen Arrive Alive.
The organization aims to get teens to carry a cell phone containing a GPS chip that sends out regular signals letting parents know where they are and how fast they're going.
If a predetermined speed limit is passed, an alarm goes off in the teen's cell phone and parents are automatically notified.
A bumper sticker on the teens' cars enables other drivers to report reckless behavior. "As a parent, I know it is not only my right, but also my responsibility to keep an eye on and protect my children," Franks told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "If I know where my kids are, where they're going, how they're driving and how fast they're traveling, I can counsel them before an accident occurs. I can help protect them."