NEW JERSEY

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IN 2017 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
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TEN-YEAR TOTAL
1000000
ANNUAL ECONOMIC COST OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES

New Jersey Rating: Caution

traffic-yellowNew Jersey needs improvement because of gaps in Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Rear)
  • GDL – Supervised Driving Requirement
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front)
  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Booster Seat Law
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2
  • GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period
  • GDL – Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Cell Phone Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law
  • 
All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction
  • Ignition Interlocks for All Offenders

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduate Driver Licensing

In 2017, 56 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in New Jersey.

The current GDL law in New Jersey includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 16 for learner’s permit, age 17 for the intermediate stage, and age 18 for full licensure
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the intermediate stage
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting more than one passenger (other than dependents of the driver)
  • A prohibition on non-emergency use of hand-held and hands-free cell phones during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for all drivers

These changes are needed to improve New Jersey’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions:

  • Add a requirement for at least 30-50 hours of supervised driving during the learner’s permit stage
  • Strengthen the nighttime teen driving restriction provision

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