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QUESTIONS: 1. What exactly is Kyleigh's law? 2. Do you know anyone affected by it? 3. Do you think that this new law will affect the number of kids who already break the law while driving? 4. How do you think this new law will affect tailgating and the following of students? 5. Do you think this is safe? 6. Any other thoughts you have on this new law? PJ Witko – does not need stickers 1. Kyleigh's law is a set of stricter rules recently put in place to ensure the safety of young drivers. Drivers with a provisional license or permit under the age of 21 are required to sport a shiny red sticker on their license plate, denoting the fact they are "new" to the road. Additionally, there are tighter restrictions on amount of passengers and time of day one is able to drive; the specifics of which I do not know for sure. Kyleigh's Law has no effect on those with a basic unrestricted license. 2. Yes, many of my senior friends are not 18 and thus do not have their basic license as of yet. Many have chosen to ignore this law and go "stickerless" until they are 18. My junior friends are forced into buying these stickers. “Many of my senior friends are not eighteen and thus do not have their basic license as of yet. Many of chosen to ignore this law and go „stickerless‟ until they are eighteen,” he said. 3. In terms of passengers in the car, yes, I think it may limit that aspect of breaking the law. The old "one person other than family law" was broken quite frequently. Now with Kyleigh's Law, I believe police can pull you over for breaking this rule, which could not have happened before, to my knowledge. In this sense, I think less kids will break the law. However, not buying the stickers is against the law; I'm sure a majority of kids will break that law and neglect to buy the stickers. “Now with Kyleigh‟s Law, I believe police can pull you over for breaking this rule…I think less kids will break the law,” he said. 4. Clearly, the law gives the police an easy way to identify young, inexperienced drivers. Will cops more frequently follow young drivers in hopes of pulling them over? Perhaps. I don't think it will change "tailgating" much either way. “I don‟t think it will change „tailgating‟ much either way,” he said. 5. Certainly the law is safe. It goes as far as to take unnecessary precautions to ensure the safety of young drivers. The issue is the rights and freedoms being taken away from young drivers; their safety seems to be improved with this law, though. “Certainly the law is safe. It goes as far as to take unnecessary precautions to ensure the safely of young drivers,” he said. “The issue is the rights and freedoms being taken away from young drivers; their safety seems to be improved by this law, though,” he said”. 6. I am indifferent about Kyleigh's Law because it does affect me. It is unfortunate to have more restrictions for those affected by it, but it‟s not the end of the world. “I am indifferent about Kyleigh‟s Law because it does affect me. It is unfortunate to have more restrictions for those affect by it, but it‟s not the end of the world,” he said. MRS. Pamela Barboni –parent 1. A motor vehicle law in NJ which requires that anyone under the age of 21 who holds either a permit or probational license display decals on their license plates to identify the driver's age to police. 2. Yes. 3. I hope so, although it will not benefit the ones who don't. 4. I think that this new law is advertising to others that there is a person under the age of 21 driving the vehicle, and could possibly be a danger to that driver. “I think that this new law is adversting to others that there is a person under the age of 21 driving the vehicle and could possible be a danger to that driver,” she said. 5. I do not feel this law is safe, especially for young ladies driving home alone late at night. “I do not feel this law is safe, especially for young ladies driving home alone late at night,” she said. 6. In as much as I can understand the dangers involved with young drivers, I feel they should be treated the same as adults. Most new drivers go through the process of the 6 hours of driving school and holding a permit for a year, which requires an adult to be in the vehicle with the driver. I don't feel there is a need to take it a step further in identifying the driver and basically advertising to the public that they are under 21 years of age, which could be harmful to that driver, whether male or female. “I can understand the dangers involved with young drivers, I feel they should be treated the same as adults. I don't feel there is a need to take it a step further in identifying the driver and basically advertising to the public that they are under 21 years of age, which could be harmful to that driver, whether male or female,” she said. Keriann Hill -- student who needs stickers 1. A dumb law that makes us suffers from some irresponsible person's mistake! 2. Most of the people in my life are affected negatively by it. Almost all of the people in the school and all of my friends. 3. I do not think this new law will affect the kids who already break the law. If they didn't see it as a threat before, they won't see it as a threat now. 4. I think that it gives away all of the privacy that we barely had to begin with and dangerous things can occur just because people now know that the people with stickers are minors. 5. I do not think this is safe because it gives away people's identities and can lead to things that could be prevented. 6. This new law should not be here. We shouldn't have to suffer and be stereotyped because of one mistake. People aren't going to follow this law and I know that for a fact. Half of my friends refuse to buy the stickers because the rude people in the world are already stealing them. This law isn't helping anyone. Ellie Tsatsos -- student who needs stickers 1. Law that punished all teens for something we didn‟t do...law that tries to make us drive better but really just creates anger in NJ teens 2. I'd say 90% of my friends. The other 10% are those lucky 18 year olds... but they are still affected because I have to ask them for rides when I cant drive after curfew. So make it 100% of my friends. 3. I agree with Keriann...if they broke the old law, making it stricter will not change anything. They will still break it, and originally good kids will join the rebels and break the new law. So it just creates more bad guys 4. I think it will target teens...I had the stickers on the 1st day and I felt very uncomfortable driving with them so I never put them back on the car...I think it just causes unnecessary stress on the road which will probably lead to more accidents 5. NO. It‟s no safer than before. In fact, it targets teens so it‟s actually worse. 6. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. Now I'll explain why 1st, I never did anything wrong so I am getting punished for someone else's stupidity and that is completely unfair...what happened to innocent until proven guilty? Secondly, I can‟t even drive my 2 sisters anywhere with this new law. BUT legally I can drive 5 drunken adults...where is the logic in that? And lastly, the curfew is annoying and inconvenient and the decals just cause more theft issues. Overall, I see no positive effects of this law except that it makes teens aware of the corruptness of some legislative officials. Sarah Foster -- student who needs stickers 1. Kyleigh's law places new restrictions on drivers with a provisional (now called probabtional) license; it also affects people under 21 with a permit. There are new restrictions on the passengers a provisional driver can drive (only one other person, even if it is a family member), and there a new curfew (11, prior the curfew was 12). The law also states that anyone who is a provisional driver must have a red reflective sticker on both their front and back license plates in order to show they are a provisional driver. 2. I am affected by the law. 3. I think the law will encourage people to break the law even more. Most people I know didn't even buy the sticker because they think the law is ridiculous. People like me, who will be 18 soon, didn't buy the sticker because they won't need it for that long. The sticker is really the only way to know if someone is breaking the law, unless they get pulled over. 4. I think the law affects a lot of things students so. I know I will not be able to drive myself home after prom because of the new curfew, forcing me to have to get into a car with many other people. I no longer feel trusted or sure of myself while driving because I know other drivers can see my sticker and judge my driving because of it. 5. I really don't think the law is safe. The sticker let's people think I'm under 18 and anyone could follow me home or try to approach me. It doesn't keep me safe in any way. If I get into an accident, that little red sticker isn't going to save my life, even if the accident is not my fault. 6. I don't like how certain people were not grandfathered into the law. I have been driving for 8 months and my record is perfectly clear. I've never been in an accident, I've never driven more than one person other than family, I've never not worn my seatbelt, I've never texted while driving, yet I'm the one with a red sticker on my car. I can't drive myself anyone past 11 over the summer which bothers me a lot. I don't feel comfortable letting other people drive me because I trust myself more. I feel like I'm literally paying for someone else's stupid mistake (since the stickers cost $4). It's not my fault anything happened yet I get the blame. When someone buys a gun, they don't have to wear a sign on their back that says "I could be a murderer", so just because I'm sitting in the driver's seat of a car doesn't mean I'm going to crash or put anyone else in danger. Michael Latimer -- student who needed stickers but does not need them anymore 1. Kyleigh‟s Law institutes a new set of guidelines for drivers with learner‟s permits and provisional licenses. Primarily, it requires these drivers to purchase two, Velcro decals and display them in the top corner of the front and rear license plates. This allows policemen to readily identify young drivers, who are supposedly more inclined to break the law on the road than older motorists. Kyleigh‟s Law also prohibits young drivers from having more than one person in the car and restricts the time of day that they can be behind the wheel. 2. I will be affected by the law until tomorrow when I get my basic license. One of my friends has his birthday over the summer and will be affected by the law until he turns 18. 3. I don‟t think Kyleigh‟s Law will significantly change this. If people want to break the law, their plans will not be hindered by the risk of getting caught due to the red decal. 4. For the most part, I don‟t think that this will be an issue. However, I‟m sure that some pedophiles will use the decals as a means to locate and track potential victims. 5. I don‟t think that the pedophile situation is safe. However, I believe that in the grand scheme of things, Kyleigh‟s Law will not cause a significant increase in the frequency of sexual assaults. Sexual predators would find a way to track victims even if this law was not in place. 6. All in all, I think that Kyleigh‟s Law is irrational and immoral. I find it unfair to subject young drivers to prejudice that they do not deserve. In any age group, there will be lawbreakers. Thus, I think that singling out all young drivers is unjustified. Ashley Ward -- student who needs stickers 1) Kyleighs law is a stupid law that makes people with provisional licenses under the age of 21 keeps little reflective red stickers on both their license plates. And it makes curfew sooner. 2) Lots of my friends are affected by it. 3) umm no because people who are dangerous are those who break laws anyway, and a stupid law like putting little red stickers on their car definitely will not stop them in any way from driving dangerously 4) I think kids with stickers are more susceptible to theft, following and my dad even thinks that people are going to try to hit me on purpose so they can try to get more insurance money since they know I'm inexperienced. 5) This law has nothing to do with safety! their whole intent is so they can more easily target drivers who are newer, and it puts us under more scrutiny than older drivers, which doesn't make sense because they are dangerous too. Stickers don't make anybody safer. 6) I think if they want to make us safer they should make it harder to get your license in the first place, like say you need 8 hours instead of 6. They shouldn't infringe on our privileges once we already have our license. And I agree with Ellie! Kyleigh died in an accident with a teenage boy with 4 people in his car late at night, and he was driving an Audi too which is definitely is not a good combo. I mean this in the most respectful way possible, but where was kyleigh's mom then? That's what I would like to know. It‟s nice to vent about this Cindy Magalio – parent 1. Kyleigh's Law (S2314) is a motor vehicle law in NJ that requires drivers under the age of 21, who hold a permit or probationary driver license, to purchase and display a red decal on both license plates of their vehicles. The decals are mandatory as of May 1, 2010. The purpose is help police identify probationary drivers and monitor that they are observing the law. 2. Yes, many high school students. 3. Not sure, it will be really difficult to enforce because only a small number of targeted drivers have purchased the decals and I‟ve heard that they have been stolen off of cars and others are reluctant to display them. 4. I think it is a form of profiling and may lead to these drivers being followed for unsafe or inappropriate reasons. 5. No. If I were in that category of driver, I would not like communicating to anyone who sees my car, that I am under 21 and driving alone. I would not like my daughter to be targeted. 6. I think there could be a better way of monitoring new drivers. I have heard of other states offering training programs involving the new driver and their parents. Communicating laws, rules and setting up standards within families would be a better way to keep young people safe on the road. Statistics in states with these programs showed positive results. Other options should be considered instead of the labeling which I don‟t believe is very reliable or safe. Elizabeth Anne Kerian – student who needs stickers 1) A law that makes new drivers put stickers on their cars, but only new drivers under 21 because you know; people over 21 never get in accidents, especially those over 65. They are wonderful drivers!! 2) Well I'm affected by it; my cousin had to put them on for 15 days (big waste of $4) and almost all of my friends... so great! Oh except the lucky bitches in PA, but they're sucky drivers anyway 3) I think it won't change the kids who already break the law, they just won't get the stickers at all and I think that way more kids will end up breaking the law because they don't feel comfortable with the stickers (Ellie, such a rebel). And if I'm going to break the law, I'm taking the stupid things off!! 4) Well, I think that (when I'm not already speeding) people will go around me more, even if it isn't a passing road because I've had that happen multiple times and I assume drivers will make an effort to stay away from people with the stickers. I‟m sure that police will now target students and new drivers even more because they are an easy target with the stickers. 5) I don‟t think the new law is safe because I don‟t want someone following me home late at night. I spoke to one of the officers who were on the front lines of passing this law and he claims that only 2% of young people are targeted for kidnappings and rapes from driving alone but who says that number isn‟t going to go up now that we are such an easy target. 6) I would also like to add that as Ellie and I were driving home from harassing Amanda at Stewarts today, some creepy guy in a rusty pick-up truck pulled into the shoulder in front of us and as we were driving by he honked and waved... Did I know the guy? Nope. Detective Joseph Foster Twp. of Union Police Dept. – police officer and parent 1..It a law to prevent driver's with provisional drivers licenses to use any cell phones, I pods, GPS units along with restricting how many passengers may be in a vehicle while they operating a vehicle. It also puts a curfew on driving hours of 11pm to 5 am. A red sticker on the license plate denotes a person with a provisional DL is operating the vehicle. 2. Do you know anyone affected by it? Yes. My daughter. 3. Do you think that this new law will affect the number of kids who already break the law while driving? They should have been complying with the original restrictions of the provisional DL and this law would not be needed 4. How do you think this new law will affect tailgating and the following of students? If you mean the police....It is just a tool to identify provisional drivers...After all you must obey all the rules of the road. The sticker should not have to make you a better drive. 5. Do you think this is safe? Yes. 6. Please list any other thoughts you have on this new law. This law was passed due to several young drivers not complying with the regulations of driving while having a provisional DL. Most Laws are passed due do past behavior. Unfortunately it took a persons life to bring this to attention Kyleigh was not the first young person to die in a vehicle crash......This will not prevent motor vehicle crashes involving provisional drivers. It will just prevent under age passengers getting hurt. Hopefully Provisional drivers will pay attention to the road and drive safely. I hope this helps you Daniel Schultz – teacher I have limited understanding of the law, I do believe the identifying sticker applies to driver's first year, and must remain "incident" free for one year. It moves the curfew up from midnight to 11 pm, with work exceptions. Cell phone use is strictly prohibited with all probationary drivers. With no disrespect to anyone trying to uphold the law, there is the potential for trouble with this. I have met an officer or two with an overly zealous outlook on traffic enforcement, and this will only make it easier to be pulled over. STORY TIME! ”About a week ago I was coming home from the dog park, was followed by an officer for about four miles on Route 513, and was pulled over for „going over the white line‟ on the right side of the road. The officer asked me if I was on my cell phone, and I replied with „no, and would you like to see my phone call log?‟ He asked me if I had been anywhere else and I responded with, „Babies R Us, for bulk diapers.‟ He laughed and said it sounded like a big night on the town. It was about 9 pm, and the Huggies were in plain sight. I told him that my dog Wilson could confirm this, although he wasn't talking. I was pushing my limit with being a wise guy, but I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. I was let go without any warnings or summons, but I know that the officer was looking for any reason to pull me over. The moral of the story is, drive defensively, stay off your phone, and remember that driving is a privelage, and you'll be fine.
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