• Jul 7, 2009
A mom in Georgia is on a crusade to convince state lawmakers to require special "Caution - Newly Licensed" magnets and stickers on the backs of all vehicles operated by young drivers. Concerned after moving from Ohio to the Peach State and seeing how "crazy" the local drivers were, Susie Kessler founded the "Caution and Courtesy Driver Alliance" to help keep her young son safe when he reached driving age.
According to an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kessler says the magnet concept was designed to be "something positive" and not embarrassing (in her mind, the simple sticker avoids humiliation to new drivers). And, if you think (correctly) that the kid will simply drive around the corner and pull of the magnet, parents may affix a permanent sticker to the rear window just to drive the message home.

Donnie, her hapless 16-year-old son stuck driving a newbie-emblazoned vehicle, expressed wishes that his mom had focused her energy somewhere else as he quipped to the reporter, "Why does she have to take on this? Couldn't she be feeding the homeless?"

[Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Image: Phil Skinner]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If anything these bumper magnets will act as protection for us from them. Newly licensed drivers suck at driving. It`s the same reason why insurance is higher for those unfortunate to be young enough to be considered a new driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wrong... the massive majority of middle aged people should be forced to take a driving test again... i get cut off almost every day going to work, and its never the 16 year old... its always the 30-40 year old late to work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey! I signal more than most people do AND keep right except to pass, thank you very much.

        But then again, readers on Autoblog are minorities in society...

        Nevertheless, this woman is a d-bag.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sure YOU might say it helps, but it will just give teen drivers a bad notoriety. Its starts today as us having a permanent sticker but tomorrow it'll lead to anyone below 25 or so being banned from driving.

        There are many more important things we should be doing instead of discriminating teen drivers. While they're spending on this, they're not taking more time or money to find a cure for AIDS and cancer, swine flu vaccinations, homelessness, health care system, hydrogen fuel, ect, even fixing Michigan's crappy roads are more important than this. And that list can go one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I personally think its a GREAT idea. Seeing a new driver sticker just means that I get to think about how crap driver *I* was and how inexperienced *I* was which means that I know to look for possible mistakes. Its just another line of thought while trying to keep *MY* insurance down from getting into a wreck by a new driver.

        I'm all for this.

        Hell, they put new driver stickers on drivers cars when they go around the ring, why not in more treacherous areas such as a common highway?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is kind of a on-off thing in Europe - it used to be mandatory for new drivers (black-on-yellow '90' round sticker) decades ago; now, some countries have some sign (France,...), others don't, or are planning to reintroduce them...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, I know, I'll get downvoted, but I won't cry about it. Granted, the labels proposed are freakin ugly, something can/should be done about that, but other than that, I have no problems with this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't know US kids not only got cars sooner but had no way of warning other drivers that they're under-experienced. Here in Australia we have "L" plates for kids 17+ who are learning to drive (also required to have a fully licensed driver as your passenger) but up til you're 21 you are required to display "P" plates (probationary) in your front and back windows. Of course that doesn't slow them down but it does warn other drivers about who is driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I get the feeling that this crap won't fly. Not for nothing, but wouldn't most kids tell their parent's to "F themselves" if they tried to do this to them, and most parent's don't seem to have the balls to tell them otherwise. Kids seem to be spoiled so much these days, and with a lack of discipline.

      I could go on, but I think I've made my point.
      xxmerc1914xx
      • 5 Years Ago
      2 questions:

      How long does she expect her son to drive around with that thing on before he realizes it looks stupid and "looses" it.

      And where is the "housewife driving an suv while doing her makeup and talking on the phone" sticker for her car
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they put these on cars for teens than there should also be stickers that say "Too short to see over the steering wheel" or "Too old to hear a horn" OR "Too stupid to operate even a simple machine such as scissors, but screw it the DMV was busy that day"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, I would prefer this idea over any more additional laws making it damn near impossible for any self respecting 16 to try to get some ass in his new car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let's take this idea to its ultimate, a tag for every reason:

      1. Newly licensed for teens;
      2. DUI enabled for the drunks;
      3. Risky Business for the Uninsured;
      4. Hands Free for the Cel phone abusers;
      5. Vision Impaired for Seniors;
      The list is endless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      australia has this. L for permit-drivers, and then you get a red "P" for a couple years, and then a green "P" for a couple more. not a huge deal. but why doesnt the govt just make getting a drivers license more difficult as to where you actually have to be good at driving. that would be more effective than p or l or "novice" or whathaveyou stuck on the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. And also retest all drivers every 5 years.

        My mum has no clue on how to use a roundabout. Roundabouts didn't exist back when she got her license. She never even had a proper license test, the local police sergeant got her to give him a lift to the courthouse and when they got there he gave her the signed license papers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well what if i am a newly licensed teen with a corvette? a magnet wont stick... and i don't want to lower my resale value by adding a sticker... those things never come off..
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ jon,
        let me know where you drive. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hum, put it on the window?
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually they do come off. very easily. Use some auto glym on it and it comes right off. i take the dealer stickers off my cars without a problem. And it doesnt scratch the paint.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Poor kid. His car has 'rookie stripes' and he has that haircut.
      Things can only get better.
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