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Teen Driver Study Commission: Recommendation Report Update
- Since the Teen Driver Study Commission issued its report on the state of teen driving in New Jersey, a variety of innovative programs and initiatives have been developed to help reduce teen crashes and ultimately save lives. Presented to the Governor and Legislature in March, 2008, the report outlined 47 recommendations for improving all aspects of teen driving in New Jersey. Included in these recommendations were 14 essential areas that were considered critical and should be addressed immediately to ensure the safety of young drivers. Updates on these essential recommendations, as well as other areas addressed in the report, are provided in this three-page document.
Attorney General Directive Banning GDL Plea Agreements
- New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram issued a directive effective September 17, 2008, banning municipal prosecutors from offering plea agreements to GDL holders seeking to eliminate motor vehicle penalty points from their driving record. GDL holders who accumulate three or more points must attend a 4-hour MVC Probationary Driver Program and, following successful completion, are monitored for 12 months. Any accumulation of points during that 12 month period will result in a 90 day license suspension.
(S-2314/A-3069) - Signed by Governor Jon S. Corzine on April 15, 2009, New Jersey is first state in the nation to have a teen driver decal law. Named in honor of 16-year old Kyleigh D'Alessio, the law, which becomes effective May 1, 2010, requires the use of an identifier on vehicles driven by drivers holding a permit or provisional license under New Jersey’s GDL system. The decal is currently being developed by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission.
Nighttime Driving and Passenger Restrictions
(S-16/A-3070) - New Jerseys' Graduated Driver License (GDL) law currently restricts teens (17-20 years of age) on a provisional license from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. Signed by Governor Jon S. Corzine on April 15, 2009, the new law, effective May 1, 2010, renames the provisional license "probationary,” prohibits driving between 11:01 p.m. and 5 a.m., and establishes a one-passenger limit, regardless of family affiliation, unless a parent or guardian is in the vehicle.
(S2848/A3068) - Approved by the General Assembly on March 5, 2009, the bill would require a teen to attend an orientation with a parent or guardian as a prerequisite for obtaining a permit, extend the permit from a minimum of six months to 12 months, require permit holders to log a minimum number of supervised practice hours, and ensure that a 6 hour behind-the-wheel driver training program involves one-on-one, private instruction. The bill was introduced in the Senate on May 21, 2009 and is awaiting action by the Transportation Committee.
Back Seat Loophole Seat Belt Bill
(S18/A870) - Would require seat belt use by all passengers in a motor vehicle 18 years of age and older regardless of seating position. The bill was approved by the General Assembly on February 7, 2008 and was introduced in the Senate on May 22, 2008, but has not yet been heard in Committee.
GDL Holder and Teen Passengers Cited for GDL Violations
(A3635) - Introduced in the Assembly on January 13, 2009 and assigned to the Transportation Committee, the bill would cite not only the permit or provisional license holder for committing a passenger, nighttime driving or seat belt violation under the GDL law, but all teens holding a permit or provisional license as well.
Teen Driver Study Commission Report:
A Power Point presentation detailing the progress in implementing the recommendations of the Teen Driver Study Commission, presented by Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer at the 3rd annual Statewide Driver Education Forum, May 21, 2009.
Graduated Driver License (GDL) Requirements
- Included in this three-page document is information on the current Graduated Driver License requirements for 16-20 year olds (page 1), as well as the pending changes to the law that will become effective on May 1, 2010. Also included is an overview of proposed changes to the law that would become effective with passage of A3068/S2848 (the “permit” bill), which was approved by the Assembly earlier this year and is now waiting action by the Senate Transportation Committee.
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