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Smart phone app tracks teen drivers

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DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - A Dyersburg man has gone to extreme measures to make sure his children and grandchildren are safe on local roadways. Thanks to his new smart phone app, tracking his loved ones is as easy as the push of a button. 

"I was riding with my granddaughter one day down the four lane road, and I looked over, and we were riding too fast," said developer Paul Hart.

Hart loves his granddaughter, and wants her to be safe - so safe that he developed an app to keep track of her while she's on the road. Through it you can set a boundary as small as a city block or as big as an entire city to track your kids when they're out of eyesight. 

"If you're speeding or out of bounds or texting and driving, you will get a Google map through a text message and it will show you where they are and when the infraction occurred," Hart said.

Safety Information and Protection System, or SIPS, is only available on the Android app market. But in weeks, iPhone users will be able to purchase the tracking software.

"When you turn 15, your mom or dad are in the car with you and you do what they say. When you turn 16, the story changes," Hart said.

Hart said the new SIPS technology will even alert your child to call home if you're looking for them.

"Once they learn you're not spying, you're not watching every move, they're OK because they're not speeding, texting or driving, or going out of bounds," he said.

In order for the SIPS app to work, it has to be downloaded to both the parent and the child's cell phone. 

For more information about the app, click here.

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