August 30, 2010-Lawmakers Reconsider Young Driver Decals

A new law—as of May 1, 2010—that requires young drivers to display a decal on their license plates during the year of probation before they get their full license, is getting a second look. Kyleigh’s Law, named for Kyleigh D’Alessio, a 16-year-old central New Jersey high school student who was killed in 2006 while riding in a vehicle driven by another teen, requires drivers 16-20 to have a pair of detachable fluorescent red decals on their front and rear license plates during a yearlong provisional license period when they have restrictions on the number of passengers they can carry and the hours they can drive. Opponents contend that the decals might prompt criminals to target young drivers and might subject them to excessive traffic stops. Gov. Chris Christie, who has a 16-year-old son, says he welcomes a review of the law. Until any changes, teens must use the stickers, which they can buy at their local Motor Vehicle Agency for $4.