GPS Trackers: California Is Getting Serious
When most people think about the efficiency of the government they think about the DMV, United States Postal Service or one of the many other departments or programs that have struggled to maintain a significantly positive image among the public. Unfortunately, inefficiency becomes a very serious concern when it involves the public safety, and that has been the case in regards to GPS tracking of sex offenders and other parole violators in the state of California.
The California prison system, like many other jail systems across the United States, faced a overcrowding problem that forced many lawmakers to make small concessions to reduce prison populations. One of the new approaches legislators implemented roughly two years ago was to transition those violating their parole into county jails rather then state penitentiaries, along with additional programs to use GPS tracker systems to monitor criminals that had to be released back into public due to prison over crowding.This new approach to prison management has been effective but also created other problems such as when parolees under GPS monitoring surveillance remove GPS tracking bracelets.
The issue of parolees and other criminals under surveillance via GPS tracking systems became such a large issue in California that a state Senator, Ted Lieu, drafted a law that made it mandatory parole boards place any individual that removes a GPS tracking bracelet or anklet to serve six (6) months in state prison. However, after an in-depth look at the law a modification was made to send violators who intentionally removed GPS trackers to county jail to help alleviate prison over crowding concerns. This new version of the law was finalized this past week, receiving unanimous approval by the California state Senate.
Should all states make it mandatory that those under GPS tracking surveillance that remove their personal tracking systems be placed in county or state prisons?
Are you surprised that a significant penalty wasn't already in place for those wearing GPS tracking bracelets or anklets who remove their tracking systems?
Tracking Teen Drivers With GPS Devices
So your teenage son or daughter just got their driver's license and now you're suddenly overwhelmed with an inexplicable feeling of worry. The thought of your teen driving a vehicle with music blasting, friends hanging out and phone binging away with text messages is making your hands get a little sweaty. Don't worry because those feelings of anxiety are totally normal for any concerned parent, but those feelings of worry are also becoming alleviated considerably thanks in large part to GPS vehicle tracking devices.
GPS Tracking Teen Drivers
GPS trackers are small compact devices that can be attached to the vehicle of a teen driver. What these GPS trackers will do is calculate every speed a teen is operating their automobile at and all of the places that teen has traveled. The GPS tracking data can be used by any parent to determine if their teen is driving at dangerously high rates of speed or visiting places they should not be visiting. Depending on the type of vehicle monitoring device purchased, the driving activity can be reviewed either by taking the GPS tracker off the teen's vehicle and downloading the data to a computer or accessed in real-time with the assistance of a web-enabled device. Most parents typically prefer the use of real-time tracking devices so they can view teen driving activity right from their smart phones.
Preferred GPS Tracker For Parents
Parents who choose to move forward with a vehicle management solution designed to observe teen driving will quickly discover a market saturated with different forms of GPS trackers. The most cost-effective option of tracker is what is known as a data logger. Since data loggers do not send information the hardware is more affordable and the device requires no monthly service plans. However, the most obvious drawback to data loggers is their inability to operate in real-time. That means a person cannot see a vehicle they are monitoring while it is in motion, but rather have to remove the device after the travel to review historical activity.
Real-time GPS trackers are another form of teen vehicle tracking device, but instead of the user needing to download the data to see what a teen is doing they can view the GPS tracking data as its happening! Real-time GPS trackers are more expensive than data loggers and also require a monthly data plan for service, but for parents wanting instant access to how their teen is driving they are the best option. However, providing parents with instant access to the driving activity of their teens is only part of what real-time GPS systems can offer. This is because when a parent equips a real-time device to the automobile their teen drives it will also provide automotive theft security, a way to alert a parent if the vehicle exceeds a pre-set safe driving speed and more!
Parents everywhere will always be provided with a little sense of additional worry the moment the state provides their teen with a driver's license. It is completely natural for parents to feel this way about their children no matter what age they are. The good news is that with GPS tracker devices that parents can be given the tools necessary to observe teen driver safety!