Thanks to a piece of legislation known as “Kyleigh’s Law“, drivers under age 21 will soon have to display a special red reflecting decal on the front and back plates of any car they drive. The old provisional license is being replaced with something called a probationary license–and teen drivers will be even further limited in when they can drive and the passengers they can carry.
The stickers go on when your teen driver gets a permit or probationary license and stay on until he or she gets a full privilege license. The decals can be bought from any DMV office at a cost of $4 a pair. They’ve got to be on every car your kid is likely to drive, and don’t even think of trying to ignore the new law: The fine is $100.
Like so many laws, this one was passed with the best of intentions. The law is named for Kyleigh D’Alessio, a Morris County teenager who died in a car accident at age 16, a passenger in a car driven by another teen. Police officials say it will help them identify drivers who should be following the probationary rules. But some Verona parents are privately fretting about the havoc the law is likely to reach on carefully crafted carpools to and from sports games and late-night jobs. Teen drivers will not be able to drive after 11:01 p.m. and before 5 a.m. and will be limited to just one passenger other than a parent, guardian or supervising driver older than 21.
The state Motor Vehicle Commission, which released the slightly dorky video below, has information on the new rules here.