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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.

Statistics show distracted driving is a big problem in New York State. During a six-year period the number of cell phone-related crashes increased by 143 percent in New York. In 2012, nine people were killed every day because of distracted driving.

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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