Tougher enforcement could prevent teen crashes, officials say

20 11 2007


 Teen drivers routinely ignore restrictions imposed on provisional licenses, tougher enforcement of existing laws would save many lives, members of the Governor’s Teen Driver Study Commission were told tonight.

About 200 people attended the commission’s hearing at Colts Neck High School in Monmouth County, the first of three to be held this fall.

Commission chairwoman Pam Fischer said the state was not seeking to raise the age at which it licenses teenaged drivers. “There’s been a lot of rumor out there that the commission is going to raise the age to 18,” she said. “It’s not on the table.”

Rather, the commission is studying ways to improve the state’s safety record, she said. That could mean changing current methods of driver education, mandating stricter enforcement of the existing graduated driver’s license program, or requiring new drivers to put stickers or placards on their cars.

Nearly seven years ago, New Jersey joined dozens of other states in adopting a “graduated driver’s license” law. The law grants driving privileges to teens in phases.

At 16, a teen with a permit can drive only if accompanied by an adult. At 17, a teen with a provisional license can drive without an adult but cannot drive late at night or with more than one passenger. Not until 18 can a teen get full driving privileges under the GDL.

Between 2001 and 2006, more than 400 New Jersey teenagers were killed in motor vehicle accidents, according to Fischer, who is also director of the state’s Highway Traffic Safety Division.




3 responses

20 11 2007
Tougher enforcement

Thats a great idea

25 11 2007
Dog training

Very interesting… as always! Cheers from -Switzerland-.

4 12 2009

no way thats not bomb

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