There is an ongoing debate across the states as to whether to raise the minimum driving age. Teenagers represent about 5% of the population, but they are involved in about 12% of all car accidents, according to New Jersey State statistics. Legislation has been aware of and trying to solve this problem for years. New Jersey has decided to take the first steps towards reducing teenage driver car accidents.
On March 26, 2008, the New Jersey Teen [Car] Driver Study Commission proposed a set of 47 recommendations that could make teen driving safer. Among these were numerous alternative ideas to safer teenage motor vehicle driving, without attempting to raise the minimum full driver’s license age from 17.
These recommendations included, first, that all drivers, regardless of age, had to keep seat belts on, even if they were sitting in the back seat.
Our car accident attorneys believe that teenage drivers behind the wheel are a major issue to address. Safety always comes first. And New Jersey has taken its first step towards solving the problems of teenage driving. Teenagers lack some of the same skills that adult drivers have been used to using. That extra year or two of experience can prevent a car accident that can cause serious injuries which require a lot of medical treatment to fix.
Another recommendation involved New Jersey becoming the first state to “tag” teenage drivers’ cars with bright decals to prevent car accidents. Also, it would help the police with enforcement, as well as allow other drivers to exercise more caution.
The other statements included suggestions of more training and education measures. For instance, the New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission recommended increasing the number of hours a beginning motor vehicle driver must practice before obtaining a full driver’s license.
In general, these set of 47 statements also stressed a lot on parents’ involvement in teenager’s driving experience. For instance, the contract below would be a recommended document that a parent goes over with their child: permissible driving hours, passengers allowed, probation periods, etc.
The experienced auto accident lawyers our law firm strongly believes that following the suggested guidelines as set by the New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission may greatly reduce car accidents linked toinexperienced, reckless drivers in their teens.
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