Study: controversial NJ license plate decals help reduce teen crashes
A new study conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that New Jersey’s Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal program that lowered crash rates amongst provisionary teenage drivers. The purpose of the study was to evaluate a New Jersey law that requires drivers under 21 with a permit or restricted license to put a state-issued red decal on their license plates.
In order to examine the New Jersey’s GDL program researchers utilized the state’s licensing and crash databases from Jan. 1, 2008 to May 31, 2011. In turn, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia officials looked at GDL related citations in the two years prior to the law’s implementation and one year after. Researchers found that police-reported crashes decreased by 9 percent. In total, 1,624 teen crashes were prevented due to the new decal system.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia concluded that New Jersey’s law is positively affected probationary drivers, thus recommends that other states institute similar GDL laws.
New Jersey’s decal program went into affect on May 1, 2010. Also known as Kyleigh’s Law, the program is named after Kyleigh D’Alessio, a New Jersey teenager who was killed in a car driven by a probationary driver.