Leading Cause of Death for Teenagers by:Elaine Futrell
For decades the American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that the leading cause of death for teenagers, are motor vehicle accidents. Spring break and prom are two of the most deadly seasons, but there is hope.
We all know that as much as parents talk to their children, and schools talk to their students, and even pediatricians talk to their patients about the dangers of driving under the influence, it doesn't always sink in. Just as a parent would never think of placing their toddler on the front seat of the car and then drive away thinking all is well just because they instructed the toddler to sit still till they got to where they were going; a parent should never fool themselves into thinking that just because someone told a teenager that driving under the influence could seriously injure or kill them will keep them from doing it "just this once".
Unfortunately, what they don't seem to understand, but what we know, is that "just this once" is once too many.
So, as a mother who was serious about making sure that her under age drivers did NOT make the possibly fatal mistake of thinking . . . I can handle it . . . Parents worry too much . . . It won't happen to me . . . I decided to develop and patent a screening process designed to keep someone impaired from alcohol or illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drugs from being able to start their car. I knew that it needed to be extremely discreet (teenagers, just like the rest of us, don't like to be embarrassed), quick and easy to use, but most importantly, highly effective in determining impairment.
So, Cleared2Drive was born. Just perform 6 simple tasks and you are on your way - all in about 10 seconds. It doesn't get any easier than that! To start the screening process, place your finger on the fingerprint sensor and then perform 5 more tasks such as turning on the left turn signal, fastening the seat belt, placing your foot on the brake, turning on the heater, and finally turning on the lights. If the tasks are all performed in the correct sequence and within that person's historical amount of time, then the vehicle can be started. Cleared2Drive is so discreet that the under-age driver's passengers won't even realize that anything out of the ordinary is going on. And we all know how important that can be to a teenager.
My Goal: Change the leading cause of death for teenagers to something a whole lot less preventable.
Unlike humiliating breathalyzers, the Cleared2Drive System is a discreet ignition interlock system that uses sophisticated computer algorithms to detect when a person is impaired from prescription, illegal, over-the-counter drugs, and/or alcohol. Cleared2Drive does this by measuring the amount of time it takes that person to complete a sequence of tasks and comparing that information to the individual's stored historical data. If the two sets of information don't match it won't permit the vehicle to be started. Cleared2Drive's goal is to provide peace of mind to individuals who's loved one is suffering from a substance abuse problem, while at the same provide a certain level of freedom to the addict.
Complete information is available at http://www.cleared2drive.com.
About the author
The creator of technology behind Cleared2Drive is Elaine Futrell an Ohio grandmother of 2 who has been inventing since the rip ole age of 4. Cleared2Drive is just her latest in a long string of inventions. Elaine holds no degree but believes she has something much more valuable, a God-Given-Talent.