Carolina Car Accidents, Red Dots and Teen Drivers

You don’t run around with your age written on your forehead, so why are newly-licensed drivers in New Jersey forced to display their license info on their vehicles?

That’s what some Jersey parents are asking government officials. In the state of New Jersey, under “Kyleigh’s Law,” drivers who are operating under a restricted driver’s license are required to place a red sticker on their license plate to alert law enforcement officials. Lawmakers say that this system helps officers to better detect when a young driver is breaking a rule of the state’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program. Parents and teens are saying that this system only makes them an easier target for predators. The law was named after Kyleigh D’Alessio who was killed in a car accident about six years ago. The 16-year-old driver was involved in that accident with another teen driver, according to CBS New York.
“There were too many teens in the car. He was new GDL driver. He was speeding. That’s a lot of distractions right there,” said D’Alessio’s mother.

Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand the risks that teen drivers face on our roadways. Car accidents continue to be the number one cause of death for teens across the nation. Many times, these young drivers aren’t able to comprehend the dangers and the risks that are associated with their behavior behind the wheel. Many of their risks are shaped by their surroundings, meaning who is in the vehicle, which distractions are present and what time of the day they’re driving. To help to keep all of these factors at bay, the state of North Carolina enacts various laws on these young drivers through its graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program.

North Carolina’s GDL Laws for Drivers with Restricted Licenses:

-No driving between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

-No more than one passenger younger than the age of 21. If a family member under the age of 21 is already a passenger then no other passengers younger than 21 are allowed.

Officials are focused on keeping these young drivers’ attention on the road. When passengers are present in the vehicle, the risks for accidents increase significantly. It’s the same thing with distractions, especially with cell phones and text messaging devices. Teens are also more likely to get into an accident when driving during the evening hours. These GDL laws are there to help to ease teens into driving, exposing them to risks one at a time.

The new red stickers in New Jersey are to help officers to keep a closer eye on these young drivers. They adhere with Velcro, and some have chosen to remove them. Parents are worried that these drivers will be targeted and will be more nervous behind the wheel because of it.

Sticker or no sticker, parents are asked to talk with their young drivers about the risks they’re sure to face on our roads. Make sure that you provide these young drivers with plenty of supervised driving time to get a first-hand experience on just how their skills are progressing. Your interactions and involvement with your teen driver can help to ensure their safety behind the wheel.

Contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. if you or your teenager has been injured in a car accident. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

More Blog Entries:

Teens Learn Dangers of Texting and Driving in Revamped Driver’s Course, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, August 2, 2012

Teens Beware of Drowsy Driving Risks this Summer, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 28, 2012

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