Four Teen Driving Bills Moving in New Jersey
Posted by lapearce on February 14, 2009
Kyleigh’s law is named after Kyleigh Lauren D’Alessio, a 16-year-old honor student and recognized athlete from Long Valley, New Jersey, who died in a car crash involving a young provisional driver with multiple passengers. The bill remarks that 61% of teen passenger deaths occur with drivers who have their provisional license.
If passed, the law would:
· Require that the parent or guardian of a person under the age of 18 receive an informational brochure which clearly sets forth the special rules that apply to a holder of an examination permit or a provisional license.
· Require an orange hang tag/sticker to be displayed when a vehicle is being driven by the holder of a provisional license to 1) assist law enforcement in identifying an infraction; 2) will also help with the peer pressure of driving reckless and/or having more passengers than allowed; 3) with the car marked young drivers will know that they can be easily identified and will refrain from taking the risk)
· Require that an applicant for a provisional license wait one year after obtaining a learner’s permit before being issued a provisional license; (note: the State of New Jersey only requires a 6 hour driver’s training course and 6 months as a permit driver before obtaining a GDL/provisional license; completing one full year with a learner’s permit will provide the driver with more experience prior to obtaining a GDL/provisional license)
· Change the threshold for requiring a remedial training course from more than two motor vehicle points to two or more motor vehicle points.
· Change the threshold for mandatory license suspension from two or more motor vehicle offenses to any motor vehicle offense
· Increase the mandatory license suspension from three months to five months
The other bills currently working towards law would:
· Lower the night-time curfew for teen drivers to 11 pm
· Allow only one driver under the age of 21 in the car
· Change the name from “provisional license” to probationary license
· Require parents and teens to attend graduated drivers license orientation and require six hours behind-the-wheel-practice
· Ban plea bargains for teen drivers in the case of a motor vehicle violation that would result in a point.
· Requiring drivers to take remedial driving instruction if they receive a point.
If passed, these laws will help make New Jersey have some of the strictest laws for new drivers in the nation. I feel that many of these laws are on the right course. They help to bring parents into the process, which is pivitol. It has also been shown that fear of losing their license is great motivation to stop new drivers from breaking the law. Increasing the likelihood of points and suspension could have great success.
However, these laws still don’t address the real problem here: a lack of education. We’ll have to wait and see if having a sticker on the car lowers the probability that a new driver to drive dangerously. All of the other states will be watching New Jersey to see what effects these laws will have, and so will I.