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The teen driver safety program from Esurance was approved for policy holders in New York by Cuomo. It allows parents to install a device in the on-board diagnostics port of a car, download an app onto their teen's smartphone, from there parents set alerts about bad driving behavior like driving past curfew or speeding. It also puts limits on texting and calling.

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While most agree programs like this one from Esurance are something that can help, others say there is only so much a parent can do for their kids.

http://dmv.ny.gov/youngerdriver/


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