Online Survey Aims To Shed Light On Reasons For Widespread Opposition To Gdl Restrictions

teen-driver-decal-22-150x150Assemblyman Bob Schroeder, R-Bergen, unveiled an online survey for state residents ages 16 and over, in order to obtain their feedback relating to New Jersey’s Graduated Drivers’ License Law. In response to overwhelming opposition to the GDL decal requirements (known as Kyleigh’s Law), Schroeder has been leading the fight to repeal that portion of the law.

Recent reports indicate that only 1,838 citations have been issued for failure to display the decals when driving since Kyleigh’s Law took effect in May 2010, with many law enforcement officials reluctant to enforce the unpopular provision. While many have suggested that the low number of criminal incidents relating to Kyleigh’s Law is due to widespread non-compliance, no hard data is yet available. Schroeder hopes to change that with his survey.

“We need to determine once and for all whether or not our teen drivers are actually following the GDL guidelines, and if not, why?” said Schroeder. “We already know that this law is unpopular,” Schroeder said. “Now we also need to determine what adjustments would help us achieve the law’s original goal, which is to increase teen driver safety.”

“I believe that safety begins at home,” added Schroeder, “and increased parental awareness is the key to teaching our teens how to drive safely,” added Schroeder.

The survey will be available online at through the end of August.

A link to the survey can be found on Assemblyman Schroeder’s webpage, Statistics gathered from the survey will be released in September, and submitted to the Attorney General’s Office for consideration before her final report on the state’s GDL program is issued in October. TLS.

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