• Mar 25, 2010
Should other drivers be aware that the vehicle they're tailing is piloted by someone under the age of 21? New Jersey thinks so and has become the first state to enact a law requiring drivers under 21 to affix a red sticker to both their front and rear license plates.

The law, called Kyleigh's Law in memory of a young driver killed by another young driver, will go into effect beginning in May, and the stickers can be purchased from the local motor vehicle department for $4.00.

The sticker program is not without its challengers. Some believe that it will call out undue attention to teenage drivers while others believe that teenage drivers could become the target of criminals or even sex offenders.

According to the state, the stickers will help local police to enforce the state's 11 o'clock curfew for young drivers and to enforce other laws specific to restricted license drivers.

Similar systems have been instituted around the globe – from the UK to Japan – for years, with varying levels of effectiveness. Whether the sticker solution will be widely adopted across the U.S. remains to be seen, but feel free to posit your own opinion in the comments below.

UPDATE: Drivers who have completed the 12-month provisional-license period will not have to display the decal even if younger than 21. Only those with provisional licenses or learner's permits will be required to display the red sticker. Once the driver obtains a regular driver's license, the sticker can be removed.

[Source: New Jersey Online , My Central Jersey]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog is wrong about the UK having a similar system ... the only part of the UK which instills anything like this sort of legislation is Northern Ireland, which requires an amber "R" plate (for restricted) on a car during for the first year someone is driving. In the rest of the UK you can opt for a green "P" plate (probationary) but it's entirely optional. In both cases, they are magnetic plates which can be simply removed if someone else is driving the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Eff that....i'm 20, be turning 21 in October, don't have a restricted license, and am a pretty good driver, and drive late at night. now i'm just gonna be getting pulled over left and right for driving past curfew, because I have no freakin curfew.

      i'm not going to buy the stupid stickers. I understand why they're doing this, and actually the girl that got killed was a friend of a friend, but this is pushing this stuff too far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow, a tiny red sticker...

      people on provisional licenses here in Australia need to display a giant red or green P plate on their cars....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounded like a somewhat reasonable idea until I got to the part where they're charging $4.00 for a 2" piece of red electrical tape. . . They do put similar "rookie stripes" on Indy race cars so other drivers can give the newbies a little extra space on the track, but I don't think that would be as effective on the streets. Especially in crowded places like urban NJ.

      I'm all for having different "classes" of license plates for varying driver skill levels, but I'd base such a system on 1) demonstrated skill on a meaningful performance test, and 2) driving history - not age alone. 75% of the drivers on the road shouldn't be driving in the first place, so why single out young folks based solely on their age? Sounds like another well-intentioned (or maybe not) but poorly thought-out idea by people with a psychological need to be "in charge" - the same kids who spent all summer preparing to run for class president when they were under 21.
      ritterrit
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's RED FLAG SEX OFFENDERS' CARS - especially PEDOPHILES', instead of our childrens'! Do something that will make the people who NEED to "stand out in the crowd" STAND OUT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is so stupid, as said above and below, this would only accurately apply to kids (and parents) driving their OWN cars... When I was under 21 i often drove my parents' car and vice versa.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dan Finnegan
        From what I'm reading, the stickers are removable if someone needs to switch vehicles, etc. but who wants to get out and pull a sticker off and reapply it every time they need to go out driving (or for parents after the curfew)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well here in BC Canada, we have a graduated license, but it's based on time driving, not age.

      http://icbc.com/driver-licensing/getting-licensed#Variables._frag_

      To get a full-privilege, Class 5 driver's licence, new drivers must go through our Graduated Licensing Program (GLP).

      GLP includes a 12-month Learner stage (Big red L sticker for back window or back of the car) and a 24-month Novice stage (Big green N sticker ....) . (You may take longer in either stage, or with driver training, get a six-month reduction in the Novice stage.)

      While driving with your L or N, certain restrictions apply.


      ..., go to an ICBC driver licensing office and obtain a replacement L or N sign. There's no charge for this. This is a mandatory restriction and you could be fined if you do not replace your missing L or N sign.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think people are misunderstanding this whole idea. its for people with provisional license so basically 17-18 year olds. You have a provisional license for one year after receiving your license. The whole point is that provisional license has a few restrictions like the number of passengers in a vehicle and the hours you can drive. it makes perfect sense because a lot of young people abuse it since your odds of getting caught were slim to none.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow way to go New Jersey, what a way to waste taxpayers dollar... So if this actually passes are they going to issue a Blue stickers for any drive over the age of 70? Which in my opinion can be just as dangerous and sometimes even more so!
      • 4 Years Ago
      $4.00 for a red sticker?!

      New Jersey FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like it is time to go into the aftermarket red sticker business.... I could also sell a knock-off that is just a white sticker colored red with a marker....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jimmy that is...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the folks in NJ are so worried about the lack of ability in their younger drivers , the more intelligent thing to do would be to raise the minimum driving age. Lots of kids drive cars owned by their PARENTS , who will NOT have the sticker on their car.
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