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|TODAY - CHIAPPONE SAYS TEEN DRIVERS STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS PUT NJ ON FAST TRACK OF ROAD SAFETY, SLAM BRAKES ON TEEN FATALITIES...
March 27, 2008
CHIAPPONE SAYS TEEN DRIVER STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS PUT NEW JERSEY ON FAST TRACK OF ROAD SAFETY, SLAM BRAKES ON TEEN FATALITIES
(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone today backed
recommendations of the final report of New Jersey's Teen Driver Study
Commission, saying their speedy implementation would help put New Jersey on the fast track of road safety.
Chiappone (D-Bayonne) was appointed to the Commission by Speaker
Joseph J. Roberts.
The Commission's 47 recommendations include teen drivers being
required to attach a bright decal to their cars to help police identify
them. It also would require all passengers to wear seat belts and impose tougher sanctions against teen drivers exceeding passenger limits.
The economic cost of auto accidents involving 15-20 year olds is
estimated at a staggering $40 billion, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Assemblyman Chiappone issued the following statement:
"Traffic accidents are the number one killer of teenagers in the
U.S. The safety measures recommended by the Teen Driver Study Commission would help slam the brakes on teen fatalities and make our roads safer
for all motorists.
"Studies have reported that the emotional state of our youth makes
them more prone to distractions behind the wheel than other drivers.
"While it is the responsibility of our youth to be careful when
they get behind the wheel, it is incumbent upon us to steer them in a
safer direction by enacting laws that help make that happen.
"New Jersey has a track record of increasing traffic safety with
"We must move forward to enact into law the recommendations of the Teen Driver Study Commission to save lives and make our roads safer."
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