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Teen drivers, What is YOUR responsibility?. Jackie Stackhouse Leach Health Educator Morristown Medical Center Jefferson High School Seniors October 21, 2013. What you have been taught!. Teenagers are at the highest risk for Car Crashes! Even over the elderly population.

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Teen drivers what is your responsibility

Teen drivers,What is YOUR responsibility?

Jackie Stackhouse Leach

Health Educator

Morristown Medical Center

Jefferson High School Seniors

October 21, 2013


What you have been taught
What you have been taught!

  • Teenagers are at the highest risk for Car Crashes! Even over the elderly population.

  • Motor vehicle crashes aretheleadingcauseofdeath for youngpeopleinNew Jersey andacross the nation betweentheagesof16 and 20

  • In 2009, inNewJersey, 34 teen drivers and8teen passengers losttheirlives in crashesinvolving teen drivers.In 2010, 19teendriversand14 teen passengers tragically losttheirlivesinthesecrashes.

  • Every ten minutesateencrashesinNewJersey. In 2009, therewere47,960crashesinvolvingteendrivers between 16 and 20yearsofage.

  • Seatbelt useamongteensisthelowestforanyagegroup.

  • More male driversthanfemaledriversareinvolvedin teen crashes.

  • A greater amountofteen crashes occur in May than anyothermonth and onaFridaythananyotherday of the week


Why are you at such a risk of having a fatal vehicle crash

Why are you at such a risk of having a fatal vehicle crash?

Overconfident and “it cant happen to me” attitude

Failing to wear your seat belt

Talking on a cell phone or texting

Speeding

Impaired driving

Passenger Distractions

Driving at night

Failure to anticipate potential dangers

Ignoring car maintenance


Where are you now with the new jersey gdl program

Where are you now with theNew Jersey GDL program?

NEW JERSEY’S GRADUATED DRIVER LICENSE PROGRAM FOR FIRST TIME DRIVERS

PERMIT STAGE

A. SPECIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 16 years old

Obtain consent of a parent or guardian

Enroll in an approved behind-the-wheel driver training course

Pass the knowledge and vision test

B. EXAMINATION PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 17 years old

Obtain consent of a parent or guardian

Pass the knowledge and vision test

Practice supervised driving for at least a 6 month period of time

LICENSE STAGE

A. PROBATIONARY LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 17 years old

Pass the MVC road test

Practice unsupervised driving for at least a 12 month period of time

B. BASIC DRIVER LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Be at least 18 years old

Complete the unsupervised 12 month practice driving period

•Pay the required fee


Still more

Still more ……

PERMIT AND PROBATIONARY LICENSE RESTRICTIONS

DRIVING HOURS .............................................................NO DRIVING BETWEEN 11:01PM - 5:00AM

• To qualify for the work or religious exemption, drivers must carry legible documentation on

letterhead signed by the employer, organization or religious institution stating the reasons for the request to exempt from the curfew restriction. The letter must include signature, title, address and telephone number of the designated official.

PASSENGERS .........................................................................NO MORE THAN ONE (1) PASSENGER

• Unless the teen is accompanied by a Parent/Guardian or the passengers are the driver’s dependents (children)

GDL DECAL ........................................................................................................... REQUIRED

• Placement on Front and Rear License Plates

• (Removable) $4 a pair available at Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) locations throughout New Jersey

ELECTRONIC DEVICES ..........................................................................................NOT ALLOWED

• No use of cell phones (handheld or hands-free), iPods etc.

SEATBELTS ............................................................................................................ REQUIRED

PLEA BARGAIN AGREEMENTS .........................................................................................BANNED

• Effective September 17, 2008, the Attorney General banned municipal prosecutors from offering plea agreements to all GDL holders.


Full licensure

Full Licensure

At 18 years of age:1. New Jersey lifts the nighttime driving restriction and passenger restrictions

Your feeling kind of FREE???????


But your 18 years old now

BUT your 18 years old now!

No more Calling Mom and Dad to help you out of a ticket.

No more thinking about oh, I'm only 17, they cant put me in jail

Guess what?


Love being 18
Love being 18

It is all on you now!

  • If you get a ticket, points add up to money on your Insurance

  • If you don’t have your passengers buckling their seat belt EVERY TIME, you get the $46 fee for the first offense and you will also pay the court fees 

  • Allow three friends in your vehicle and not wear their seat belt, get caught…$138 plus court fees


And finally how about the passenger

And finally, How about the passenger ?

The passenger has the ability to help the driver. They can assist in looking both way and watching other vehicles. The passenger can also minimize distractions! Passenger is so important to a driver! Be a good role model and be a good passenger! Be safe! You too can help prevent a car crash.


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