teen driving

 Parents of young drivers who live in Livingston County, which locally includes Tyrone, Hartland and Deerfield townships, can sign up for a voluntary program if they want to be notified if their son or daughter has been involved in a traffic stop.

 Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy announced Wednesday, May 22, that the program, which has been around for several years, is being enhanced.

 Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers (STOPPED) is a voluntary program for parents who would like to be notified when their child is involved in a traffic stop by a sheriff’s deputy.

 The State Farm-funded program has been around for several years but notification was completed by regular mail.

 Blaine Koops, executive director of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, said, “The enhanced system will fully automate the process. In the event a deputy makes a traffic stop with a young driver, the deputy locates the STOPPED sticker, puts the corresponding number into an internet-based program and hits the send button.

 “The deputy then tells the driver that their parent will receive either a text message or email regarding the traffic stop. However, the deputy informs the young driver that they have 48 hours to discuss the event with their parents before the parent receives the message. This system allows for not only notification but accountability between young driver student and parent.”

 STOPPED Livingston and Mason counties have been selected to pilot the program.

 Koops said, “This is just the initial test run, given the outcome this could have wide ranging positive impact on how we relate to our young drivers and their parents.”

 Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy and Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole will oversee the program.

 To learn more about the program and to register, go to www.misheriff.org/programs/stopped/.

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