New Jersey now requires all new drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 to affix a pair of detachable fluorescent red decals ($4) on their front and rear license plates during a provisional license period for a year. The statute, known as Kyleigh’s Law, began Saturday, May 1, 2010.
According to the Associated Press, “The law was named for Kyleigh D’Alessio, a 16-year-old central New Jersey high school student who was killed in 2006 while riding in a vehicle driven by another teen.”
The purpose of the law is to promote safer driving techniques among teens and to help police officers better enforce restrictions for first-time drivers. However, many teens dislike the new law, including NJ Governor Chris Christie’s 16-year-old son.
Yet there are other important facts to consider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 3,500 teens in the United States aged 15 to 19 were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2008. And more than 350,000 were treated for injuries suffered in crashes. The point of the law is to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries to teens. The question is, will it work?
Let us know what you think via votes and comments below.
"I think that the decals would make a slight difference, but not just for teenagers. They are profiling young teens and I think that they should be used for people who have been arrested for drunk driving also."
-- Shamika, AL, 16
"Honestly, I think teens will break the law MORE with this policy in place. I mean If we already drive with more people in the car do you really think one law is going to stop that? Also students could just use their parents cars that DON'T have the red tags. There's really no way to win in this situation."
--Kayla, OH, 15
"I don't think it will because teens will do what they want when there driving because some teens pay for there gas insurance and some times there car, so some would think that its unfair because they paid for the car and they don't want people telling them what to do with what they bought."
--Jacob, KY, 17
"Yes, it will make the roads safer. Driving has always been a privilege never a right. Seasoned and young drivers alike will exercise more caution around these decals on the road and keeping teens off the road after 11 p.m. will significantly cut down on accidents whether new drivers admit it or not."
--Scott, TX, 17
"No, these decals won't make the road safer all teens will do is try to hide in cars when they pass by a police car and how safe is that?"
--Jeron, IL, 15
"Yes, the decal will make the roads safer because parents will be more cautious about allowing their kid(s) to drive when they are not suppose to. Parents will not want to pay the fines and teenagers will think before driving."
-- Mrs. Grieb's Class, KS, (Ages 12-14)
"It's ridiculous. just because were teens doesn't mean we are all going to kill someone. People getting into another teen's car need to be smarter, not necessarily the driver."
-- Erica, LA, 17
"Yes because teens will be safer when they drive with only one of their friends because more the friends make them more likely they'll crash."
-- Qurtavious, GA, 12
"I am afraid that the wrong people will identify me as under the age of 18. These decals should just read, 'I'm under 18 and ALONE!?'"
--Tim, NJ, 17