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Old 11-18-2004, 12:04 PM
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I think "Teletrak" has nationwide coverage. They are used primarily for commercial truck tracking. But... I know they have an auto version that on occasion you can call them and they will tell you the exact location of your automobile. I suggest getting a system like that... It lies dormant on the vehicle. But when you need to know where the car is.. you call... unfortunately.. unlike Lojak.. it comes with a monthly bill instead of a "one time" fee like Lojak. But... you get to call them several times a month to find your car. It was primarily designed to track teenagers and cheating spouses...... That is only half the problem... it still doesn't tell your Dad to call home or how to get home.. Maybe a new car with "on star" would be best for him. That has a gps tracker built in.
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:18 PM
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check about On Star, I would think an OnStar equipped vehicle might help. If he got lost you could call onstar and the operator could get him using GPS and the Satellite phone feature. Just a thought, It can be expensive but in this case I think it might be worth the trouble and expense for his safety and your peace of mind.
 
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Tim, Also glad to hear he made it back safely. I know from personal experience how scary the lack of mental capacity can be. My dad also suffered with it before he passed. Anyway, maybe something as simple as a beeper could be used. I know it wouldn't locate him but mayber he could find a phone and call you after you paged him.
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glad to hear he is well. how old is he and maybe time to take the keys??
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there are GPS watches that are available for tracking your kids...they will probably work on old people too

http://www.wherifywireless.com/prod_watches.htm

http://www.gpschildlocatorwatch.com/

this one is an article of different tracker type devices
http://www.gps-practice-and-fun.com/...-tracking.html

good luck and we are all glad to know he is back home safe

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Old 11-18-2004, 01:20 PM
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Well, the gps locator for a vehicle is still in the prototype stage. I know that the big rigs have been using them for a while. Does anybody have links for these sytems?
The Nextel phones that are GPS enabled can be tracked using software. The only problem is that it needs to be turned ON.
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They are talking up the GPS watches a lot in the local media here lately. I would look into them.
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glad he's OK...
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LOJack for his truck.
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Hey Tim, I'd give it a lot of thought. if he is a concern every time he gets behind the wheel - he probably shouldn't be. his lack of awareness of where he heading is also a problem for vehicle operation. You cannot rely on lawmakers to take the necessary steps to pull a senior citizen's license - they are scared sh*t of the NAARP, they ALL vote and politicians know it. My dad is only 66 and his driving days are numbered, has been driving with 2 feet for few years now, the accelerator isn't lifted, he just brakes harder!
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