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Contact: Mike Horan
Cathleen Lewis
Kevin Cranston
RELEASE: February 8, 2008


MVC Goes Live with Online Driver Manual
Web-based tool compliments print version
(TRENTON) – In an effort to provide prospective drivers with a convenient and alternative way to access important driving information, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) today launched a user-friendly online version of the New Jersey Driver Manual. The print version was published on January 17, 2008.

This new, eye-catching section of the MVC’s Web site, www.njmvc.gov, is designed to give drivers, both beginner and experienced, all the same information as the print version of the manual, along with some additional interactive content, at the click of a mouse.

“I see the MVC’s role as an educator of motor vehicle information, and, as such, it is important for us to reach people through as many outlets as possible,” noted Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington “There are those who will always prefer a hard copy of our driver manual, but with so many people today raised on the technology of the Web, it only makes sense to provide prospective drivers with the option of using more interactive materials. This is a great compliment to our printed publication.”

Featured in the new section will be links to all 10 chapters of the driver manual with content descriptions, an area dedicated to the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program, and a “Popular Topics” section that will cover a variety of important issues such as seat belt usage, driving under the influence and road signs.

In addition to the already launched content, the MVC is presently developing additional material that will be extremely helpful to users, including an “Updates Since Print” area that will provide viewers with dated changes that have been made to the driver manual since its last print. This offering will ensure that motorists have the most up-to-date information based on motor vehicle laws and regulations.

Other additions will include review quizzes based on information covered in each chapter and a glossary of terms. Users will also eventually be able to create a personal profile and log in to the online driver manual. The log-in capability will allow users to bookmark various pages of the driver manual that are important to them and track their progress on reading the various chapters and completing the associated quizzes.

“We’re providing future drivers with the tools necessary to prepare them for a lifetime of safe and responsible driving,” Harrington added. “The online manual not only provides the exact same information that is included in the print version, but also a few added bonuses that are made possible through use of the Internet. This is just one more step for the MVC in its effort to meet a customer demand for more online services.”

The print version of the revamped New Jersey Driver Manual, which is also available on the MVC Web site as a PDF downloadable document, was published following a yearlong effort to overhaul its content and ensure that it provides readers comprehensive motor vehicle information. With an updated look, the manual contains updated information covering motor vehicle laws and regulations, as well as new content not offered in previous manuals.

Chapters of the new driver manual are organized in a logical and easily accessible manner. Content upgrades include enhanced information on pedestrian safety, details of the new cell phone law that begins March 1, and detailed coverage of the 6 Point ID Verification Program requirements. Some of the driver manual’s newest features include easy-to-read, color-coded chapters, the inclusion of New Jersey Statute citations throughout the manual, and a useful moving violation points table.

Efforts to revamp the driver manual began following a survey that was sent to driver education teachers around the state in late 2006. The survey was used to gather opinions, suggestions and comments on various elements of the driver manual. From content and clarity to the physical layout of the publication, the more than 100 comments received were used by MVC professionals to plan changes to the driver manual.