Voices against Kyleigh’s Law get louder

Amy Myers ('13)/ Eastside Opinions Editor and Amy Myers ('13)/ Eastside Opinions Editor

In order to provide a more ‘aware’ audience when near teenage drivers, New Jersey issued a requirement of red decals on the license plates of cars with probationary licenses under the age of 21.

Kyleigh’s Law originated from the death of a 16-year-old who died in a car accident at the fault the teenage driver that she was with in 2006. As an attempt to minimize fatalities in teen drivers, the state requires that the driver must attach the red decals on the license plates of the car(s) that they drive. The purpose is to make young drivers more identifiable to the law enforcement. In the United States of America, New Jersey is the first state to enact a law that recognizes a certain demographic in this manner.

The identifying pair of stickers cost $4 and the failure to use these stickers results in a $100 fine. However, are these markings attracting the wrong kind of attention? Many teens and young adults feel discriminated against these markings that clearly show that they are new drivers.

In a survey hosted by NJ.com, over 88 percent of the votes out of 13,427, felt that the “decals as part of Kyleigh’s Law [discriminate] young drivers.” Defenders claim that this system works because some other countries including England, Australia and Canada use similar systems. Those against this law are encouraging online petitions.

Attorney Gregg Trautmann of Rockaway, NJ believes that this law is not only unsafe but unconstitutional.

“The decals would serve as magnets for police to pull over young people and would let others, including sex offenders, easily identify and victimize teens,” Trautmann said.

Currently, the “New Jersey Against Kyleigh’s Law” petition has reached 7,248 signatures and is still growing. There are even 17 Facebook pages against this law.

“To stick or not to stick: that is the question.”