N.J. Passes Bill Requiring Teen Drivers Log Additional Year With Learner’s Permit

DENVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Teen drivers could soon face tougher requirements in the Garden State.

The state Legislature has passed a new bill that would require young drivers to log more hours on the road, CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reports.

First came the red decals on their license plates and now teen drivers in New Jersey could be required to spend a year practicing with their learner’s permit before getting their probationary licenses.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” one teen said.

But one new driver said it’s necessary.

“I just got my license right now and I see some people on the road … there’s always that kid on the road that does not know what they’re doing,” said Sean Noonan of Hackettstown.

The legislation would also require parents of of permit holders to take a teen driving safety course, either in person or online.

“It’s going to be tough on us parents. It’s tough enough to get them through the course as it is,” said Toni Kaufmann of Denville.

Kaufmann’s son was getting his license Tuesday. She said she doesn’t like the proposed rules.

“He just went through the six months of training and did a great job. He’s a competent driver. I think the test is enough,” Kaufmann said.

The sponsor of the bill said statistics show teen drivers, whose parents get involved, are half as likely to crash.

Still, many said the decal law, inspired by Kyleigh D’Alessio, who was killed in a crash, made them feel like targets.

“I didn’t really use mine a lot because my parents didn’t want me to ’cause it was dangerous and all that,” said Katie Phillips of Mendham.

Governor Chris Christie still needs to approve the new teen driving legislation. It’s unclear whether he’ll  approve or put the brakes on it.

If the governor signs the bill into law the new teen driving regulations would go into effect in 2013.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below. …

  • Fed up

    Here we go another fee that the parents have to pay on top of the kids permit fee I can see why my son’s teachers are preaching to them leave NJ after graduation .I guess this is the way NJ politicians feel they can get the lacky parents off there backs add another law . In other states they run campain adds don’t let our state become another New Jersey !

  • jerseyjoey

    Yet Again another reason why New Jersey should be best viewed in your rear view mirror.

  • AAA Cathleen

    The program would be run by approved providers – driving schools and safety organziations – it would not create additional costs to the state of New Jersey. And it is not a test, it is a 60-90 minute program to give teens and thier parents the tools and information they need to start the licensing process

  • billy

    Excellent – now they should expand the program to the adults in Bergen county so they can learn to drive. I have never seen such a bunch of sob’s on the road until moving to this area. They all need to be ticketed for reckless driving, blocking the box and tailgating. Especially in the Emerson / Westwood area on Kinderkamack road.

  • NoMore

    This is a farce and another unfunded mandate! Who will administer and oversee this new testing program? Let’s be real here – this is a NEW program and will only result in MORE spending of state funds we DO NOT have. Governer Christie needs to put a stop to all this reactionary law making and DECREASE these needless regulations – not promote them.

  • EnoughRegulation

    More BIG NANNY STATE GOVERNMENT…please VETO this bill, Gov Christie!

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