Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013

New Jersey is the first state in the United States to require novice drivers to put a red reflective decal on their license plate as part of their graduated driver’s license law. The decals signal the young driver’s probationary status to other drivers and law enforcement. A study by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and her colleagues at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that New Jersey’s law has prevented more than 1,600 crashes and helped police officers enforce regulations unique to new drivers.

Decal laws could be an opportunity to further enhance the effectiveness of state level graduated driver’s licensing programs, Curry explains in her presentation.

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