This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Kyleigh’s Law, which requires teens to affix stickers to their vehicles to identify them as novice drivers. It’s also the 20-year anniversary of New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, a three-tiered licensing program considered one of the most progressive and stringent teen-driver measures in the United States.
The laws are widely credited with helping to reduce fatal crashes among teen drivers. According to data from the New Jersey State Police, crash fatalities involving teen drivers (ages 16 to 20) decreased by more than 47% between 2008 and 2018, dropping from 101 to 53. During that same period, the number of passengers under the age of 20 killed while riding in a car driven by a teen plummeted nearly 60% from 19 to eight.
Kyleigh’s Law was named for Kyleigh D’Alessio, a 16-year-old from Washington Township who was killed in a 2006 single-vehicle crash involving a teenage driver. The law requires teens holding a probationary license to display red decals on the front and rear license plates of their vehicle when behind the wheel.