The new requirements of the state’s Graduated Driving Laws prevented about 1,624 crashes by teen drivers in only its first year of implementation (2010-2011), according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The legislation also resulted in an increase of about 14 percent in citations for young drivers. There are about 65,000 youths participating in New Jersey’s Graduated Driving Laws, also known as Kyleigh’s Law.
New Jersey was the first state in the nation to require probationary drivers to affix a highly visible decal on their license plates. This allows police to notice when a probationary driver is not following restrictions, such as driving at night or carrying more than one passenger in the car.
The research was named the “Most Influential Research Article of 2012" by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.