TRENTON, NJ – The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is celebrating milestone anniversaries of New Jersey's nationally acclaimed teen driver laws.
In a recent press release issued by the Office of the Attorney General the state recognized successes by launching "Stick to It" campaign. As crashes involving teen drivers continue to trend downward in New Jersey, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety announced a public awareness campaign to commemorate milestone anniversaries for the state’s nationally acclaimed teen driver laws.
The anniversary campaign seeks to educate parents, teens and stakeholders on how the GDL program works to address the risks for novice drivers.Parents play a critical role as their teens’ number one driving teacher and coach, and are encouraged to schedule plenty of practice driving time with their teen during the permit and probationary license phases.The campaign aims to help teens recognize the responsibility that comes with licensure and the importance of being positive role models for their peers and siblings, as well as speaking up when their friends drive unsafely.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Kyleigh’s Law, which requires teens to affix stickers to their vehicles to identify them as novice drivers, and the 20-year anniversary of New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (“GDL”) program, a three-tiered licensing process considered one of the most progressive and stringent teen driver measures in the United States. The laws are widely credited with helping to reduce fatal crashes among teen drivers. According to data from the New Jersey State Police, crash fatalities involving a teen driver (age 16 to 20) decreased by more than 47 percent between 2008 and 2018, dropping from 101 to 53. During that same period, the number of passengers under the age of 20 killed while riding in a car driven by a teen plummeted nearly 60 percent from 19 to 8.
Named after Kyleigh D’Alessio, a 16-year-old from Washington Township (Morris County), who was killed in a 2006 single vehicle crash involving a teenage driver, Kyleigh’s Law requires teens holding a probationary license to display red decals on the front and rear license plates of their vehicle when behind the wheel. The decal is intended to identify the driver's provisional license status to law enforcement to assist them in enforcing curfews, passenger limits, and other provisional license restrictions.
New Jersey’s GDL law is a three-step process – learner’s permit, probationary (restricted) license and basic (unrestricted license) – designed to help new drivers gradually build skill, while minimizing risk. It prohibits late night driving and the use of electronic devices, limits the number of passengers, requires the use of seat belts and bans plea bargaining for moving violations. For more information on the anniversary campaign, visit njsaferoads.com/sticktoit/