New Jersey to Expand Traffic Safety Programs in 2013

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, new congressional funding could be utilized to promote New Jersey traffic safety programs. There are a number of laws in New Jersey that promote highway safety, including Kyleigh’s Law, but there are more laws being considered that will need funding. For example, New Jersey is one of only three states in the country that does not have mandated practice-driving hours for teenagers. According to NJ, New Jersey lawmakers are now considering increasing the restrictions and specifications for teen driver laws.

New Jersey Traffic LawOne of the new laws that New Jersey officials have put in place is Kyleigh’s Law. Under S2314, all drivers under the age of 21 who hold a permit or probationary driver’s license must put a decal on their license plate. The decal makes it easy for police officers to quickly assess the age of the driver. This way, officers can determine if the young motorist is violating the law by having too many passengers in the vehicle. This law is named after a 16-year-old who was killed in a crash involving a 17-year-old driver who had three other passengers when he was only legally allowed to have two passengers because of graduated driver’s license restrictions.

Creating and enforcing traffic laws is one of many ways in which the authorities in New Jersey can help prevent fatal crashes. Unfortunately, it appears that fatal collisions have increased countrywide. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths increased 7.1 percent during the first nine months of 2012 when compared to the same period in 2011.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New Jersey car accident, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver. A skilled traffic accident lawyer can review your circumstances and help you get fair compensation for your significant losses.

The experienced New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling complicated car accident claims. We know how to determine liability for a collision and how to hold the at-fault party accountable for the victim’s losses. Please contact us online or call us today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.