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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - Home
    Descriptive info: .. Visit our teen website.. UGotBrains.. com.. Go.. Home.. Risk Factors.. GDL.. GDL Toolkit.. GDL Encourage.. GDL Educate.. GDL Engage.. GDL Decal FAQs.. 2013 GDL Champions.. Quick Tips.. Laws & Legislation.. Driver Education.. Hi-Tech Tools.. Resources.. Share The Keys.. Bring Share the Keys to Your Community.. Become a Share the Keys Facilitator.. Facilitator Resources.. We can all learn to share the road.. Take the Share the Road Pledge today and learn how you can help to keep motorcycle riders safe.. EYES UP click to find out more!.. Join Allstate's Teen Driver Pledge.. When you text and drive.. It's like driving after having.. 4 beers.. It makes us.. 23 times.. more likely to crash.. It results in car crashes that kill an average of.. 11 teens each day.. It results in.. 330,000.. distracted driving injuries every year.. Click to take the pledge!.. Driver error is  ...   topics to help you.. Share The Keys.. Quick Tips.. Parent to Teen Driving Contracts.. Educational Videos.. Resources.. Hear from people who have been affected by teen crashes and learn from experts in the field.. Learn what other teens have to say about driving.. Visit our website and join our groups.. Facebook.. Twitter.. Next of Kin Registry.. Use this interactive map to see where teen crashes are happening in New Jersey.. Home.. About Us.. Privacy Policy.. Site Map.. Contact Us.. The Voice of Brain Injury in.. New Jersey Since 1981.. This site is funded by the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.. www.. nj.. gov/oag/hts/.. Copyright © Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey -.. bianj.. org.. | All Rights Reserved.. Brain Injury Alliance of NJ.. 825 Georges Road, Second Floor.. North Brunswick, NJ 08902.. Phone:.. (732) 745-0200.. Fax:.. (732) 745-0211.. Helpline:.. (800) 669-4323.. Email:..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - Risk Factors
    Descriptive info: A program that helps teens recognize and react to hazards via half-day car control and classroom sessions.. Next Event: August 25th.. Learn more here.. Become a Champion School!.. Win a Driving Simulator for your high school!.. Click to find out more!.. Research suggests that the part of the brain responsible for decision making and impulse control.. does not fully mature until the mid-twenties.. Two-thirds of teens killed in crashes.. were not wearing seatbelts.. New drivers are.. less likely to be prepared to react.. to potential dangers.. New study shows that speeding is a cause in over 1/3 of all teen crash fatalities.. Risk Factors.. Why is Your Teen at Risk?.. Teens crash for many reasons, but data shows that this age group makes.. 9 common mistakes, sometimes in combination with each other, that can result in deadly consequences.. These include:.. 1.. Overconfidence and an "it can't happen to me" attitude.. Teens tend to overrate their own driving skills, believing that they will be able  ...   4.. Speeding.. Crash risks increase incrementally with each mile per hour driven over the speed limit.. One-third of U.. teen fatalities involve speeding.. 5.. Impaired driving.. Almost half of all traffic fatalities involving 16 to 24 year olds are alcohol-related.. Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.. 6.. Passenger distractions.. By carrying just one passenger the risk for a crash increases by 50 percent.. With three or more passengers, the risk is nearly four times greater than while driving alone.. 7.. Driving at night.. Teens are twice as likely to crash at night (9pm-6am) than during the day.. 8.. Failure to anticipate potential dangers.. Crash rates for newly licensed drivers are highest during the first six months of driving.. Lack of experience plays a key role in teen crashes.. 9.. Ignoring car maintenance.. Teens are more likely to drive old vehicles, and may be unaware of the importance of routine maintenance or unwilling to make necessary repairs.. back to top..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL
    Descriptive info: oAfter viewing this page, do you feel you have a better understanding of the GDL?.. Graduated Driver Licensing introduces teens to driving in stages.. with certain restrictions designed to help keep them safe.. All GDL holders must display a decal on their vehicle when behind the wheel.. Click here for more information.. To print this palm card.. click here.. Your supervision and guidance,.. along with this information, can help your new driver reduce his/her risk of being involved in a crash.. Obtain your teens driving abstract for free through NJ MVC.. See if they have any violations.. on their driver's.. license.. Click here.. for more.. information.. GDL.. New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program (GDL).. Frequently Asked Questions.. What is the New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program?.. What restrictions are placed on my teen driver with the New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program (GDL)?.. What do I need to know about the decal requirements?.. Why does New Jersey require the GDL program?.. What happens if my teen driver commits a traffic offense and receives a ticket while he/she has a GDL license?.. Are there exemptions to the nighttime driving restrictions?.. What happens after a new driver has satisfied the probationary driver license requirement?.. If a person is under 21 years old or has never had a driver license, New Jersey requires that they complete a period of supervised driving before getting a basic driver license.. The New Jersey Graduated Driver License (GDL) program introduces driving privileges in phases.. There are three options to complete the program:.. The Early Bird Road.. , for 16 year old drivers,.. The Young Adult Road.. , for drivers 17-21,.. and.. The Adult Road.. , for drivers 21 and older.. Each option has different steps, but upon completion of all steps, drivers are awarded an unrestricted basic driver license.. Drivers holding a GDL license have the following restrictions placed upon them:.. May not drive between 11:01 and 5:00am.. May not have more than one passenger (besides his or her dependents or is accompanied by a parent or guardian).. May not use  ...   learn more.. Studies show that a young driver's risk of being involved in a car crash is highest within his/her first 12-24 months of driving.. An average of 6,000 teens die in car crashes nationally each year.. An additional 300,000 teens sustain injuries in crashes; many of those injuries are serious and often life-altering.. In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of brain injury in teens.. By delaying full driving privileges so that teens can gain driving experience under low-risk conditions, comprehensive GDL programs can reduce these deaths and injuries by approximately 40%.. The ultimate goal of the GDL program is to protect the lives of young drivers-and the lives of their passengers and others on the road.. GDL holders cannot "plea down" to "no point" offenses.. If a GDL holder accumulates three or more penalty points, they have to complete a driver improvement program.. If they fail to complete this program, or if they accumulate additional points, it will result in suspension and postponement of their eligibility to obtain a probationary (if in the permit phase) or basic license (if in the probationary phase).. In addition, violations may incur legal fees and/or higher insurance rates.. This can cost thousands of dollars.. GDL holders must obey all traffic rules and regulations.. It can save money.. and their lives.. If there is a proven need to drive during the prohibited time for work and/or religious purposes, exemptions do exist.. For an exemption, a driver must carry a written certification on official letterhead, which is signed by an employer or religious figure.. What happens after a new driver has satisfied the probationary driver license requirements?.. After completing 12 months on the probationary license, your teen is then eligible to apply for a basic driver license.. Please note that the probationary license does not automatically become a basic license.. Drivers who fail to do so, will remain subject to the Probationary Driver License restrictions.. Your supervision and guidance, along with this information, can help your new driver reduce his/her risk of being involved in a crash..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL Toolkit
    Descriptive info: Car crashes are the number one killer of teens.. Last year, 20 teen drivers and 15 teen passengers died in NJ.. Teen crashes in NJ dropped 16% between 2009-2010.. thanks to a strong GDL program.. GDL is a 3-step process.. designed to help teens gain experience and build skill, by minimizing risk.. GDL Toolkit.. |.. Encourage.. Educate.. Engage.. New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition — GDL Tool Kit.. If you’re looking for resources to help you and/or your organization, school, business or community group learn more about New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program -- a three-step process designed to help teen drivers gain experience and build skill while minimizing those things that cause them the greatest risk -- you’ve come to the right place.. Whether you know a lot or a little about GDL, this tool kit is designed to facilitate greater awareness, education and advocacy of the proven principles of graduated driver licensing.. The resources in this tool kit are grouped by level of awareness:.. If you and/or your audience have limited or no real knowledge of GDL, the resources provided in the “Encourage” section focus on the basics.. They’re  ...   Jersey’s program and how it helps to address teen crash risk.. The resources can be used to facilitate self-directed and/or group learning so that your audience can make informed decisions about teen licensure and driving.. The resources contained in the “Engage” section are designed not only to provide your audience with a comprehensive understanding of New Jersey’s GDL program, but to help them put what they learn into practice on a daily basis.. These resources are designed to be used by you to facilitate group learning, discussion and action.. Please note that all of the resources contained in the “Encourage” and “Educate” sections can be used to “engage” your audience.. But using the resources in the “Educate” and/or “Engage” sections for audiences that are at the “Encourage” level may be overwhelming for them and you.. Before you educate others, make sure you know the basics of GDL and are comfortable sharing what you know.. Next, assess your target audience’s knowledge level, select the appropriate resources based on that level, and establish an action plan.. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to help others learn about and leverage the proven principles of GDL!..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL Encourage
    Descriptive info: Parents and teens support the proven principles of GDL,.. which help new drivers build skill, while minimizing risk.. More teen driver crashes occur between 3-6 p.. m.. in NJ.. than any other time of the day.. Every 11 minutes.. a teen driver crashes in NJ.. GDL Encourage.. I’m ready to Encourage my audience!.. The resources in this section, which may be reproduced and promoted without permission, focus on the basics of New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) program and teen crash risk.. Use these materials to encourage your audience to learn more:.. njteendriving.. The one-stop source for information about NJ’s GDL law, teen driving, crash risk, and tools for parents and teens.. Best practice:.. Encourage schools, municipalities, businesses, and community groups to include a link to the site  ...   Link to the pdf from your Facebook page.. For more information:.. This email address is being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Teen Driver: A Family Guide to Teen Driving.. An abbreviated version of the National Safety Council’s comprehensive guide addressing teen crash risk and GDL (1st edition).. The full version of the guide (2nd edition) can be.. downloaded for $8 from the National Safety Council’s web site.. Write a brief article about GDL for your local newspaper, PTA newsletter or community blog and include a link to the guide.. GDL Poster.. Promotes the importance of parental and community involvement and directs viewers to.. njteendriving.. Display the poster on bulletin boards in your community (i.. e.. , library, grocery store, town hall, post office, schools)..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL Educate
    Descriptive info: Distraction/inattention is the.. number one cause of teen driver crashes in NJ.. Practice driving in inclement weather,.. after dark and on all types of roadways to build skill.. State regulation requires NJ Driving Schools.. to provide a service agreement to parents and teens.. GDL Educate.. I’m ready to Educate my audience!.. The resources in this section, which may be reproduced and promoted without permission, are designed to give individuals who know the basics of GDL a deeper understanding of the three-stages of New Jersey’s program and how it helps to address teen crash risk.. The resources can be used to facilitate self-directed and/or group learning, so that your audience can make informed decisions about teen licensure and driving.. Understanding New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Program (brochure).. This 3-panel brochure details NJ’s GDL program and the crash risk for teens.. Printed quantities are available from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety.. Best practice:.. Distribute through a teen safe driving display at your library or town hall, partner with local insurance agents to distribute to families with teen drivers via policy renewals.. Understanding New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Program (PPT).. This PowerPoint presentation (featuring speaker notes), which can be used in conjunction with the brochure of the same name (detailed above), provides an overview of teen crash risk, the three-stages of NJ’s GDL program, and tools to help parents and teens partner to improve safety.. Host a parent/teen GDL information  ...   from the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission) to the parents of all student drivers.. Distribute at a school-sponsored parent/teen driving orientation.. Choosing a Driving School.. This brochure provides a comprehensive overview of what families should look for when selecting a driving school.. Encourage your high school driver education teachers to send an e-mail to their students’ parents with a link to the brochure and other important resources.. Distribute the brochure at parent/teen pre-permit orientations and back to school nights.. For more information contact:.. or.. Saturday Night Live (SNL) Video.. This 3-minute Saturday Night Live comedy sketch featuring Taylor Swift humorously addresses parental impact on teen driving from a teen’s perspective.. (It can be used in conjunction with the New Jersey Parent/Teen Orientation found in the Engage section of this tool kit.. ).. Show the video to kick-off a parent/teen GDL information night or on a lap top at a teen driving information booth.. Dare to Prepare.. This self-directed, online parent/teen workshop discusses why teens crash, how GDL works, why you should complete a parent-teen driving agreement, what to look for when choosing a vehicle for your teen and more.. Work with your middle school PTA to promote the.. program to eighth grade parents and their teens (who are often riding in vehicles driven by older siblings).. Get on the agenda at your high school freshman orientation and encourage parents and teens to learn more about GDL by completing the online.. program..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL Engage
    Descriptive info: Teen drivers with highly supportive parents who closely monitor and set rules.. are 50% less likely to crash.. Teens who drive with just one teen passenger,.. double their risk of being involved in a fatal crash.. Research shows that teens will mimic their parents driving habits.. to regardless of whether they’re good or bad.. GDL Engage.. I’m ready to Engage my audience!.. The resources in this section, which may be reproduced and promoted without permission, are designed not only to provide your audience with a comprehensive understanding of New Jersey’s GDL program, but help them put what they learn into practice on a daily basis.. These resources are designed to be used by you, some following completion of training, to facilitate group learning, discussion and action.. Share the Keys.. This parent/teen safe driving orientation that is designed to reduce teen driver crash risks by increasing parental involvement.. Approximately 90 minutes in length, the orientation is presented by facilitators in community based settings (i.. schools, libraries) and can be linked to parking permit requirements, classroom driver education programs and back-to-school nights.. The orientation is ideally suited for parents and their teens in the pre-permit or permit state of licensure (parents and their teens already holding a probationary license will also benefit).. Program Description.. -NEW-.. Provides an overview of the program and how to become a facilitator.. Resource Guide.. Introduced in the orientation, this 24-page booklet presents research, helpful advice and contacts that support parental involvement and safe driving behaviors.. Alive at 25 Program.. This facilitated National Safety Council program includes a parent orientation and a 4-hour peer-to-peer education segment for teens.. Both address GDL and the risks for teens, but the latter engages teens in discussing safe and unsafe behaviors and what they can do to protect themselves.. Training is required to deliver this program or you may schedule a presentation by a trained instructor.. Participate in an instructor training program sponsored by the New State Safety Council or partner with the organization to host a mandatory orientation at your high school for freshman and/or sophomore parents.. Facilitate the teen segment during freshman health and/or sophomore driver education and tie participation in the program to advancement from one grade to the next, successful completion of classroom driver education (typically in the sophomore year), or on-campus parking privileges in the junior/senior year (attendance can be noted in the student’s high school record).. Randolph Traffic Advisory Committee Parent/Teen Orientation.. This 60-90 minute, facilitated  ...   but also places responsibilities on parents.. Safe driving generally requires much more than what state laws call for, and signing an agreement before a teen starts driving can be helpful in establishing expectations for the whole family.. Distribute this sample agreement at a back-to-school night or teen driving information booth and/or ask your local high school driver education teacher to post it on the school web site with instructions to students to print it out and discuss it with their parents as a homework assignment.. Parent-Parent Safe Driving Agreement.. This sample parent to parent agreement fosters communication among teens’ parents so there is consistency in the rules and consequences for teens and their friends.. Additionally, it is a helpful tool for teens with divorced parents who may have differing viewpoints and philosophies regarding their teens’ driving practices and adherence to both state laws and parental rules.. Distribute this sample agreement at a back-to-school night or parent/teen orientation.. Write an op-ed for your local community newspaper discussing the importance of teens’ parents working together to understand and enforce the GDL law, and ask the editor to print a copy of the sample agreement with your editorial.. Say Yes to Life Contract.. This contract is designed to empower teens to make personal safety their priority when dealing with peer pressure.. While parents may think their teens will confront their friends about risky behaviors and attitudes that negatively impact safety, research conducted by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (after which this contract is modeled) shows that’s highly unlikely.. The contract prompts teens, in partnership with their parents, to identify a code word they can use to alert their parents when they need help getting home safely.. In return, parents provide that help in a non-judgmental manner.. Distribute this contract at a parent/teen orientation and include a role play exercise involving a parent and teen that illustrates its use.. Work with your local SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter and/or Boy and Girl Scout troops to introduce and distribute the contract.. So Your Teen Wants a Car?.. This brochure provides important information -- safety features and ratings, insurance, maintenance -- parents should consider when purchasing a vehicle for their teens.. Share this information with your local car dealerships to ensure their sales staff are well-versed in working with parents and teens on appropriate vehicle selection for novice drivers.. Briefly discuss vehicle selection during a parent/teen orientation and include a link to the brochure in your materials..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - GDL Decal FAQs
    Descriptive info: GDL Decal FAQs.. New Jersey Graduated Driver License Program (GDL) FAQ's.. Kyleigh's Law: Frequently Asked Questions about the new (GDL) laws that took effect on May 1, 2010.. My daughter obtained her provisional (restricted) license on January 2, 2010, is she effected by these changes to the GDL law? Won’t she be grandfathered in under the old law?.. My son currently has a provisional license and will be eligible for his basic license right after he turns 18 this fall.. With the changes taking effect on May 1, will he need a decal and be subject to the restrictions until he’s 21 years of age?.. Are all drivers under 21 years of age required to display the decal and adhere to the restrictions of the GDL law?.. What’s the penalty for failing to display the decal?.. Why are teens being singled out? Why aren’t senior drivers being asked to place a decal on their vehicles? They’re some of the most dangerous drivers on the road.. What happens if someone steals my teen’s decal? If my teen is stopped by a law enforcement officer, will s/he still be responsible?.. Will the length of the permit change?.. I read that the number of passengers my teen driver can transport is limited to one besides their dependants.. Does that mean my teen may transport more than one passenger if they are immediate family members such as siblings?.. I’m worried this decal will make my teen the target of predators when she’s on the road at night or at the mall.. Won’t the police use this decal to harass teen drivers behind the wheel?.. Once a teen completes the provisional (to be called probationary) license phase of the GDL, what happens next?.. Does the permit or provisional license holder have to be present to purchase the decal?.. There is no grandfathering.. All teens holding a permit or provisional (restricted) license must comply with the changes that take effective on May 1, 2010.. No, these requirements and restrictions only apply to your son while he is holding a provisional (restricted) license.. Under the GDL law, a teen driver must hold a provisional license (following completion of the permit phase) for a minimum of 12 months.. Once he completes those 12 months of provisional licensure, he should visit the nearest Motor Vehicle Commission agency to obtain a basic, unrestricted license.. If your son fails to obtain a basic license and is stopped by a police officer, he is subject to the requirements and restrictions of the GDL law.. No, only those teens under 21 who are holding either a permit or provisional (restricted) license are required to display the decal and abide by the GDL restrictions.. It is important to note that under New Jersey’s GDL law, teens are required to complete a minimum 12 month provisional (to be called probationary) licensing period.. Depending upon the age they begin that period, teens may obtain a basic, non-restricted license as young as age 18 years of age.. Once they obtain a basic license, all restrictions and requirements under the GDL system are lifted.. The penalty is a $100 fine.. (no penalty points), the same penalty for all other GDL violations.. Teens (16-20 years of age), more than any other age group on New Jersey’s roadways, are over-represented in motor vehicle crashes.. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in New Jersey and throughout the nation.. States and other countries have adopted Graduated Driver License laws to help teen drivers gradually gain driving experience over a period  ...   pressure will ensure that he doesn’t encounter a problem, such as a flat tire, once on the road.. No, the new law does not change the length of the permit.. Any teen under 21 years of age who obtains a permit must hold that permit for a minimum of 6 months.. If a teen obtains a permit at 16 years of age, he must wait until he turns 17 years of age before obtaining a provisional (probationary, restricted) license.. No, dependants refer to the teen driver’s children, not siblings.. The Legislature recognized that there may be provisional (probationary) license holders under 21 who are also parents and made this exception.. A teen holding a provisional license may transport only one passenger.. If the teen’s parent or guardian is in the vehicle, however, the passenger restriction does not apply and the teen may transport as many passengers as there are seat belts.. Requiring teen drivers to display an identifier or decal on their vehicles when behind the wheel is not a new concept.. Many countries (including England, Australia, Canada, Japan, and Germany, for example) have required the use of an identifier for a number of years without a history of incident.. Law enforcement officials point to the Internet, not vehicle decals, as the primary means by which predators target children and teens.. Being able to identify a teen driver is the single most vexing issue for those responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the GDL law.. The use of a decal will remove the unlawful practice of profiling (assuming someone is a teen holding a GDL because the driver looks young, drives a certain type of vehicle or is leaving a school parking lot) from the equation and ensure that police only stop those vehicles for curfew, cell phone and passenger restriction violations because the vehicle is clearly marked.. Absolutely not.. Law enforcement officials will use the decal to enforce the restrictions of the GDL law which are in place to protect teens, their passengers and everyone else on the road.. As noted in the answer to question 9, being able to identify a teen driver is the single most vexing issue for those responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the GDL law.. At the completion of the provisional (probationary) license phase (a minimum of 12 months), a teen should return to the nearest Motor Vehicle Commission agency to obtain a basic, unrestricted license.. Once the teen has obtained a basic license, the decal requirement and restrictions no longer apply.. If a teen fails to return to MVC after completing the provisional (probationary) license phase, the GDL restrictions still apply.. Teens should note that a basic, unrestricted license looks nearly the same as a provisional (probationary) license, however, it will no longer display the yellow stripe with the wording “provisional” or “probationary” printed across the top or the “Z” restriction on the front (located in the center over the capitol dome) and back.. The basic license will also be printed on the vertical axis because the license holder is not yet 21 years of age (that aids in easily identifying someone under the legal drinking age).. Upon renewal of the license on or after the teen’s 21st birthday, the license will be printed on the horizontal axis.. The cost to convert from a provisional (probationary) license to a basic license is $18.. No,.. another individual (i.. , a parent, sibling, driving school instructor, etc.. ) may purchase the decal on behalf of the permit or provisional license holder..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - 2013 GDL Champions
    Descriptive info: A.. minimum of 30 classroom hours.. and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction over four to six weeks are recommended.. Make sure your child is.. actually driving.. with an instructor for six hours.. Sitting in the car when another teen drives is.. not.. the same.. A comprehensive driver education program does not only focus on passing the written exam,.. but in creating a safe driver.. 2013 GDL Champions Winners.. The GDL Champions program was established in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of NJ’s Graduated Driver License Program.. In 2013, six Champions join twenty individuals, organizations and initiatives were inducted into the Classes of 2011 and 2012.. Past and current inductees represent both the public and private sectors, and include teachers, parents, teens, community activists, elected officials, police officers, businessmen and women, reporters, and safety professionals.. They were nominated for the award and selected by an impartial panel of judges who are experts in teen safe driving.. GDL Champions have and continue to work diligently to educate, enforce and/or advocate for the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing.. They are driving forces behind a program that is addressing the number one cause of teen death in New Jersey and nationwide -- car crashes.. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company (NJM).. Safety has always been central to the mission of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company.. As the state’s largest provider of personal auto insurance, NJM is committed to keeping drivers safe and has a 100-year history of partnering with its policy-holders to keep them abreast of changing laws that impact their safety.. That includes Graduated Driver Licensing.. NJM has and continues to provide critical GDL information to all policy holders with teen drivers in their household, about 60,000 in total.. NJM is also the founding sponsor of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s U Got Brains Champion Schools Program.. The peer-to-peer teen safe driving program provides high schools students throughout New Jersey the opportunity to develop and implement education campaigns addressing issues novice drivers and their passengers face on the road.. Students compete for the grand prize, a driving simulator for their school, which is donated by NJM.. These state-of-the-art simulators provide current and future drivers-in-training the opportunity to practice real life driving skills in a safe environment.. Since the program’s inception in 2010, more than 150,000 students at over 100 schools have benefitted from this innovative program.. Maureen Nussman.. A classroom driver education teacher at Kinnelon High School for 14 years (25 years total in teaching), Maureen’s focus has never been about her students passing the written licensing exam.. Rather, she has always been determined that every teen in her classroom would be given the experience and understanding to make better driving decisions before getting behind the wheel.. Using dynamic, innovative and real-world lesson plans, she engaged and motivated her students and made “driver ed” the “cool” class.. She also recognized the critical role of parents and instituted an annual teen safe driving night, tied to a graduation requirement, that is now in its sixth year at Kinnelon High.. Despite retiring from teaching in June 2012, Maureen continues to mentor Kinnelon students participating in the U Got Brains Champion Schools program, while coordinating the NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition’s outreach efforts to driver education  ...   public concerns, disarm the detractors and inform public policy debate nationwide.. CIPR at CHOP remains committed to continuing the decal study and has begun work on a second year of data analysis.. Wayne Shelton and Mike Tullio, South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance.. Working as traffic safety specialists for the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance, which has been serving Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties since 1998, Wayne Shelton and Mike Tullio leveraged their collective 57 years of law enforcement experience -- Wayne with the New Jersey State Police and Mike with the Atlantic City Police Department -- to educate teens, parents, teachers, police, and community members about the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing.. Following the fatal teen driving crash at Mainland High School in Atlantic County in 2011, Mike and Wayne partnered with school, community and state officials to focus attention on teen safe driving.. They worked closely with the Division of Highway Traffic Safety and Kean University to deliver the “Share the Keys” parent/teen orientation program at the high school and were instrumental in expanding that effort to dozens of other high schools in southern and central New Jersey.. They also led an effort to train teens to facilitate “Share the Keys,” which is unique to South Jersey.. Their signature safety presentation, “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth,” combines their findings from numerous motor vehicle crash scenes with high school math to help teens -- more than 20,000 to date -- make better decisions regarding their safety behind the wheel.. While Mike and Wayne will never know how many lives they’ve saved through their efforts, but they both agree there’s no greater reward than having a teen shake their hands and thank them for an enjoyable presentation.. Pam Fischer.. Pam is a passionate coach and advocate in the world of teen driving.. She’s committed to schooling anyone who cares through the process of training their new teen driver and working to ensure graduated licensing systems support our most vulnerable drivers.. Pam has worked in transportation safety at both the state and national levels for more than 25 years.. Before starting her own transportation safety consulting firm in 2011, Pam served as director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety and chaired the New Jersey Teen Driver Study Commission.. Currently, she leads the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition (www.. nsc.. org/njteens-gdl4u), an initiative of The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council.. Through its more than 120 individual and organizational members, the coalition works to engage, educate and mobilize communities to develop and improve safe teen driving programs, practices and activities based on the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing.. Following the fatal Mainland High School crash involving eight high school football players in 2011, Pam developed, in partnership with the NJ State Interscholastic Athletic Association, the “GDL Game Plan for Coaches,” to help high school athletic coaches discuss safe driving and GDL with their athletes.. She’s a guest blogger for Patch.. com websites around New Jersey, recently authored two national reports on teen driving for the Governors Highway Safety Association, and speaks at numerous conferences and symposiums around the country as well as facilitates the Share the Keys parent-teen orientation program for high schools throughout New Jersey..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - Quick Tips
    Descriptive info: Three out of four teens say their.. parents are the best influence in getting them to drive more safely.. If you don't buckle up.. your kids won't either.. See if they have any violations on their driver's license.. for more information.. Parents who.. limit initial driving privileges.. have drivers who are less likely to engage in risky driving.. Teach your teen to.. keep a margin of safety around the vehicle,.. look for a way out and develop a plan of action to avoid crashes.. If you talk to your teen about.. obeying the speed limit.. and then rely on you radar detector, you're telling them it's okay to speed if you don't get caught.. PTA School Zone Information and Tip Sheet with Video.. Quick Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe.. As parents we worry about the safety of our children, and wonder what our role is in keeping our new drivers safe.. Especially when you consider that three out of four say their parents would be the best influence in getting them to drive safely.. The following tips will guide you as you help your teen become a safe driver.. Set an Example.. Practice, Practice, Practice.. Understand and Enforce New Jersey's Driving Laws.. Develop a Parent/Teen Driving Contract.. Discuss Unsafe Driving Situations.. Teach Your Teen to Anticipate Road Hazards.. Help Your Teen Take Control.. Choose a Safe Car for Your Teen.. Teach the Importance of Car Maintenance.. Know the Steps to Take After a Crash.. Practice what you preach.. Be sure to use safe driving behaviors for your child to model.. There are plenty of ".. teachable moments.. " for you to talk about safe driving with your child each time you ride in the car together.. Drive how you would like your teen to eventually drive, since they will copy you.. Teachable moments:.. Point out unsafe driving behaviors, such as talking on a cell phone and tailgating.. Teach your child that it's OK to tell passengers, "Please don't distract me while I'm driving.. ".. Avoid distractions while driving.. Pull over if you need to eat, use a portable electronic device or read a map.. Explain the need to devote your full attention to the road.. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before starting the car.. Point out the dangers of road rage and aggressive driving.. Do not drive when you are tired.. If you are drowsy, pull over and take a break.. Teach your teen that drowsy driving is as dangerous as intoxicated driving.. Teach your child to share the roadway with pedestrians and cyclists.. ×.. The single most important factor in developing a safe driver is practice.. It is recommended that you devote at least 50 hours to teaching your teen to drive.. Read more.. ".. You don't need to have professional experience to teach your teenager to drive.. It is more important for you to be there as a guide as he or she practices.. You can monitor your son or daughter's progress, gradually moving on to more complex driving situations when he or she is ready.. If you or your child do not feel comfortable starting out on your own, consider some professional lessons to kick things off.. You may even want to join your teen on the lesson to observe how the instructor teaches basic driving tasks.. Except for the first few hours devoted to helping your teen master the basics, it's best to practice in everyday situations.. Have your teen drive with you everywhere you go together.. These normal, day-to-day situations provide the  ...   be dangerous under certain conditions.. Aggressive drivers can be dangerous.. Teach your teen to get out of the way, avoid making eye contact, and let an aggressive driver pass.. Rain, fog, snow and ice call for special precautions.. Remind your teen to slow down and keep at least twice the normal stopping distance.. A wet road can cause skidding or hydroplaning.. Driving under the influence by anyone, any time, is illegal.. Impaired driving is a violent crime that can transform a vehicle into a deadly weapon.. Never get into a vehicle with someone who is impaired.. Drowsy driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and can be as fatal.. Share the driving, take regular breaks or find a safe place to stop the vehicle.. Distractions can be deadly.. They cause you to take your mind and eyes off of the road.. Even if it's only for a few seconds, that's enough to prevent you from seeing a hazard and delay your reaction time.. Even under the best conditions, driving has its risks.. When special situations or hazards arise, paying attention to driving and making good decisions become even more vital.. Teach your teen to anticipate potential problems and how to respond.. Teach your teen to keep a margin of safety around the vehicle, look for a way out and develop a plan of action to avoid crashes.. Take this.. interactive challenge.. with your teen to practice avoiding road hazards.. You've practiced driving with your teen and you feel confident that he or she knows what they need to do to be a safe driver.. But when it comes to the moment, and when they are with friends who may want them to make unsafe choices, it's harder for them tosaywhat they need to say anddowhat they need to do.. Teach them to ".. Find their Voice.. "; to speak up for what they know is safe and right.. When if comes to dealing with friends, the most important thing your teen can do is to think ahead.. Will their friends expect them to do something unsafe in their car? If so, what are they going to say to them? How will they act? Spend some time role-playing or practicing different unsafe situations that they might encounter and developing a plan of action to get out of the situations safely.. Considering teens in New Jersey are involved in a crash every nine minutes, safety needs to be a priority whenchoosing the car your teen will drive.. Late model, mid and full size cars are often the best options.. Be sure the car is equipped with air bags, electronic stability control and automatic breaking systems.. To check the safety ratings of a car, please visit the.. NHTSA.. IIHS.. Avoid cars that have a sporty image, as they can encourage teens to speed.. It is important to keep a car in good working condition.. Routine maintenance checks should be performed regularly.. for an overview of car maintenance.. Road emergencies occur often, from getting a flat tire, to over heating an engine.. If your car does break down, it is important to talk to your teen about what to do.. Make sure the car is equipped with a roadside emergency kit, or consider a roadside emergency service.. You've spent so much time trying to help your teen avoid a crash, but it is also important to teach your new driver what to do if a crash does occur.. Review this.. printable checklist.. with your teen and keep a copy in the vehicle..

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  • Title: New Jersey Teen Driving - Laws & Legislation
    Descriptive info: Legislation along with enforcement and education help.. keep our teens safe.. All passengers are required to wear seatbelts.. Below: Kyleigh's friends talk about the loss of a dear friend.. Laws Legislation.. Laws and Legislation.. Laws and regulations play a key role in helping to keep teens safe on the roads in New Jersey.. Carefully crafted laws and regulations are the framework that we use to begin setting guidelines for our teen drivers.. After an increase in teen crashes and deaths, the New Jersey legislature established the.. Teen Driving Study Commission.. to make recommendations to help reduce crashes and save lives.. Click on the links below to view current laws relating to teen driving safety:.. Requires all passengers in automobiles to wear seatbelts.. Requires holders of special learner's permits, examination permits and provisional driver's licenses to display certain decals.. Revises certain restrictions on permit holders and provisional driver's licenses; renames provisional license "probationary".. Current teen driver safety bills.. There are several bills currently pending action in the New Jersey Legislature pertaining to teen driver safety.. Click on the links below to read examples of such bills:.. Click.. HERE.. to read bills expanding education requirements for special learner's and examination permits.. to read a bill that removes the requirement that holder of a special learner’s permit, examination permit, and probationary driver’s license display decal; requires certain novice drivers submit motor vehicle information to chief administrator.. to read a bill that provides that probationary license holder may transport siblings in addition to dependents and one  ...   in memory of Sara Elizabeth Dubinin from Sayreville Miss Dubinin became unresponsive following a motor vehicle crash in September 2007 and lapsed into a coma before her parents could be notified and eventually passed away.. The law sought to ensure that an emergency contact could be notified immediately in the event of a vehicle crash.. To register for next-of-kin, please.. You will need to fill out the form with the applicant’s current zip code, driver’s license number (or identification card number) and his/her full social security number.. Up to two emergency contacts may be entered with their first name, last name and primary 10 digit phone number.. Emergency contacts must be at least 18 years old.. Contacts may be changed and/or added at any time by logging into the registry.. Get Involved!.. You can express your thoughts about these bills (or any bills pertaining to brain injury) to members of the New Jersey State Legislature who represent you.. Begin by clicking.. and then clicking the town in which you reside.. Then, click on the district number that corresponds with the town.. Upon doing so, you will see who represents you in the New Jersey Legislature.. Stay informed!.. Stay informed about legislative, policy, and advocacy matters by subscribing at.. Join the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s Legislative Network.. Learn to advocate effectively.. To learn how to effectively advocate your thoughts and views about bills and issues pertaining to brain injury, contact Tom Grady, Director of Advocacy Public Affairs by clicking.. or calling 732-745-0200..

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