Teenagers get in more car accidents than any other age group, and this certainly not news. New Jersey took a step towards protecting all motorists on August 6, when the state legislature passed Kyleigh’s Law, which is part of a package proposed in 2009 that requires teen drivers to affix a small red decal on their license plates, identifying them as teenagers.
The state Supreme Court upheld the law as constitutional by a 6-0 decision amidst controversy that the measure violates the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act. The law was named after a Morris County teenager who died in a 2006 crash.
“Kyleigh’s Law helps protect teen drivers by ensuring that the rules of New Jersey’s graduated driver’s license are followed,” said New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex).
Car accidents involving teenagers are three times as likely to be fatal as accidents with older drivers. Drivers aged 16-19 are, per driven mile, four times as likely to crash. Males are more likely to be in an accident than females. In 2009, car accidents were the leading cause of death for teenagers.
Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.