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NJ Officials pass Kyleigh's law: Drivers under 21 to affix red stickers on license


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New Jersey officials decided to require drivers under the age of 21 to affix red stickers on their front and rear license plates. This law comes after a teenage driver, by the name of Kyleigh, was killed by another teenage driver while operating a motor vehicle. The law states that the red sticker needs to placed in the upper left hand corner of the license plate while the teenage driver is driving. The red sticker can be removed when an older person is driving and can also be transferred if the teenage driver is given the option of driving a different car. Of course, who’s to say that anyone will even remember to remove or affix the red sticker when they are supposed to?

This situation has brought on much controversy since the law was signed last year. Attorney Gregg Trautmann has said that the red sticker is equivalent to tagging teenagers with a scarlet letter for age discrimination and can make them a target for police and sex offenders while Raymond Martinez, who runs the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, called the law "one of the most significant steps forward in teen driver safety."

The red stickers can be purchased at motor vehicle agencies and cost $4.00. Sales will begin April 12, 2010 and the law will begin May 1, 2010. And for all the teenagers that think they can just take the red sticker off if you plan on driving after 11pm, beware. This action will cost you $100.00 if you get caught. Wait, doesn’t that bring us to the original reason the red stickers were being enforced? Legislators wanted to make teenage drivers “stick out” so they can be caught driving after 11pm. This just seems like a vicious cycle of idiocy, but (insert sarcasm here) at least the New Jersey government will be making money off of it.



5 comments:

i think that would be a bad idea. that would lead to teenage discrimination and "cops" may get a advantage for that. Implement a curfew instead. They are just making money out off it.

Well thats a good idea, but I hope it’s not misused

alex_black – I agree, they should make it a reflector red sticker for it can be seen clearly by the cruiser and other drivers.

I don’t really see the purpose of this stickers. I mean would it make any difference if you knew that the driver upfront or besides your car is a teenager? Would you be a better driver if you knew that the one upfront is a teenager or not? The ability to drive and to drive responsibly is not with the persons age but with the persons mind. It is the task of the family and school to educate the young about driving well and driving safely. If they will do this, why don’t we also make a colored sticker for the elder? This way they wouldn’t feel left out or something.

So whats the red sticker is for? Another additional payments? Well, I’m pretty sure there is a good reason for having it but instead of ordinary red sticker they should make it a reflector red sticker so that even in dark places it can be seen clearly.

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