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New program in Livingston Co. will send parents text alerts when teens are pulled over

Posted at 5:21 PM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 10:10:17-04

Parents, have you ever wondered if your kids were obeying the laws of the road when you weren't around? 

Well, if you're a resident of Livingston County, you'll soon be able to receive text alerts when your teen is pulled over by the cops. 

The new initiative, which replaces the existing S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program where it would take weeks for parents to be notified by mail, is expected to go live later this year in digital form.  

Here's how it will work: A parent will register their teen's vehicle through the Michigan Sheriff's Association website. They will then be issued a sticker with an identification number. 

When the teen is pulled over, the officer will enter the I.D. number into an online system, which will notify parents by text or email within 48 hours. 

Parents will be notified whether a teen is ticketed or not. 

"We all know kids are kids right," said Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy. "If they get pulled over by the police and get a ticket, (it's) pretty likely that they’re not going to tell their parents. 

"The main goal of the program is to build accountability because parents don’t always know what their kids are doing."