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Compact GPS Tracking Product Can Help Parents Keep Teen Drivers Safer This Summer

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eZoom from Securus Lets Parents Monitor Speed, Keep Tabs on Teen Drivers

CARY, NC--Aug. 8, 2013: The leading cause of death for teenagers in the US is motor vehicle accidents, according to the CDC. On a per-mile basis, drivers ages 16 to 19 are three times more likely to be in a fatal crash than drivers age 20 and up, and tens of thousands are injured every year in vehicle accidents. Parents do all they can to prepare their teen drivers to hit the road safely with education and driving tips, but they can't be in the passenger seat all the time. eZoom from Securus, Inc., maker of a groundbreaking line of personal and enterprise mobile safety and security products, can help parents keep tabs on teen drivers with advanced GPS technology.

"As a father, I know how important it is to keep children safe, particularly in a high-risk situation," said Christopher D. Newton, Securus President and CEO. "Summer is a prime time for teen driving because school is out, and it's natural for parents to worry about their high risk teen drivers. eZoom is the perfect solution to provide peace of mind for families by giving parents a way to keep tabs on their teen drivers' speed and location, and it gives teen drivers a way to stay in touch with the press of a single button."

eZoom is a lightweight, multi-use GPS tracker with a compact, waterproof design. It can be clipped to a keychain or permanently installed in a vehicle for real-time tracking, location history and speed monitoring. Parents can establish speed limits for their teen driver and receive email and text message alerts when the limit is exceeded. Parents can receive alerts when teens arrive at and leave different destinations. They can also remotely arm a stationary vehicle with the mobile app and receive notifications if the car moves.

Parents can use eZoom to track their teen driver's location online or via a mobile device. Teen drivers can check in to let parents know that they've arrived safely with the press of a button, which sends a location alert. Using an Apple, Android or BlackBerry app or online dashboard, parents can view their teen driver's location in real time via advanced assisted-GPS tracking and get turn-by-turn directions, accurate to within 15 yards. In addition, eZoom offers a breadcrumb trail that provides vehicle location history.

"Now is also the time of year when parents start to see their teens drive off to college on new and unfamiliar roads," Newton said. "eZoom is there to give parents and teens comfort in knowing that help is available if needed."