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NJ Young Drivers to Post Decals On License Plate

Post Date August 17, 2012 - The legality of a new controversial New Jersey law which requires NJ young drivers to buy and display  a red decal on the license plate of the vehicles they drive has been recently upheld by New Jersey’s top court. On August 6, the NJ State Supreme Court upheld  a decision from the  lower appellate court ruling for Kyleigh’s Law. The NJ Court ruled  the use of red decals on vehicle license plates of  NJ young drivers should not be regarded as disclosing “highly restrictive personal information”. For this reason, the said law does not violate a NJ Young Driver right as covered under the Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act.

NJ Young Drivers to Post Decals

In addition , the court ruled that the review of these decals to be done by police officers does not present a case of unreasonable search and seizure.
In Kyleigh’s Law, NJ young drivers are being required to stick red decals on the top left corner of their New Jersey vehicle’s license plates – both on the front and rear. This law requires NJ young drivers under the age of 21 who carries a permit or a probationary driver’s license to purchase a pair of red decals which costs $4.00. The New Jersey law’s proponents say the decals will make it easier for authorities to identify NJ young drivers which will help them enforce conditions for these New Jersey drivers’ licenses and permits, including the limits of the allowed number of passengers. Another serious issue which needs to be brought up are criminals.  Critics maintain that by posting a big red sign on a NJ Young Drivers license plate will  make it easier for criminals to take advantage of the same NJ young drivers. The New Jersey law has been named after Kyleigh D’Alessio.  She was NJ Young driver who died in a car crash in 2006.

-Mike 

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