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New Jersey Considering New Teen Driver - Safety Law

Auto accidents represent the number 1 cause of death for American teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports some 3,000 teens died and over 350,000 went to the emergency room with injuries due to motor vehicle accidents in 2009. New Jersey lawmakers have proposed legislation dealing with driver's license requirements for teens that they hope will help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries for teen drivers.

Proposed Requirements for Teen Drivers

NJ Assembly Bill 3309 proposes one of the most comprehensive graduated driver's licensing systems in the nation. It extends the time that teens need to have a learner's permit before they may apply for their driver's licenses from six months to one year.

The bill would require permit holders under age 21 to complete six hours of professional driving instruction and 50 hours of practice driving (including 10 hours in darkness hours) prior to obtaining their licenses. In the alternative, permit holders would be able to complete at least 100 hours of certified practice driving, 20 hours of which shall be completed during darkness hours, as certified by the permit holder's parent, guardian or the individual who supervised the practice driving.

Proposed Requirements for Parents of Teen Drivers

The proposed legislation also requires parents of permit holders under 18 years to take a teen-driver orientation course. Supporters indicate that parents who are involved in their teens' lives have children who are 50% less likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash, 71 percent less likely to drive drunk and 30% less likely to use a cell phone while driving.

Consult an Attorney

Despite legislation aimed at responsible driving, auto accidents remain an unfortunate reality of today's society. If you have been involved in an auto accident, consult an experienced motor vehicle accident injury attorney who can help you receive just and proper compensation for your injuries and payment of your medical bills.