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Kalamazoo County deputies turn to tech to promote safe driving habits for teens

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Parents who are signed up for program now will be notified via email or text message of law enforcement interaction with teens.{ } (WWMT/File)

The Michigan Sheriff's Association and State Farm Insurance are promoting a program designed to help teens pay attention while driving.

The program has been around for 14 years and is called "Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers" or STOPPED.

“We are in the 21st century and so we want to make sure we are using computers the way we were suppose to," Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller III said.

The way STOPPED works is if a child who is signed up for the program gets pulled over the parents will receive a text message or email notifying you of the interaction.

Previously, parents would get information in the mail letting them know their child was stopped and what happened in the interaction.

When a child is signed up for the program the parents will receive a sticker with an identification number. From there, the deputy will enter the identification number into their data base and notify the driver that his or her parents will be notified.

Fuller said the goal is to make sure parents are involved in the education process for new drivers.

“It is designed to help that student immediately identify an issue that they might have had and go to the parents to help them understand they had an interaction with law enforcement. “said Fuller.