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New Jersey high court approves teen driver decal law

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a law that requires teenage drivers to display a decal on their license plate for a specified period of time. In its decision, the court unanimously overruled lower court decisions finding that the decal requirement constituted an unreasonable search and seizure and violated privacy laws.

Study: Young drivers are most likely to be in fatal crashes

According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teenage and young drivers are more likely than any other age group to be involved in fatal car accidents. The reasons for this increased risk are inexperience, distraction and a higher likelihood of engaging in high-risk behavior behind the wheel.

New Jersey law aims to prevent pedestrian accident deaths

Two years ago, following an unprecedented increase in pedestrian deaths, the New Jersey legislature took action and passed stricter requirements and penalties for drivers and pedestrians in Bergen County and throughout the state. Under the new law, motorists are required to stop at pedestrian crosswalks, instead of merely yielding.

New Jersey man killed during charity motorcycle ride

It is always a tragic occurrence when someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash or the nature of victim and his or her life. But sometimes, there are details about such an incident that make it even more difficult to bear. Unfortunately, a recent fatal motorcycle accident, in which a 32-year-old father was killed while participating in a charity bike ride, is one such situation.

New Jersey law aims to prevent crashes with pet restraints

Under a new state law, New Jersey drivers who fail to properly restrain their pets in the car could face criminal charges and financial penalties. The goal of the new restraint requirement is to reduce the number of car accidents caused by drivers who are distracted by their pets, and to protect animals from harm in the event of a crash. In a 2010 AAA survey, more than 31 percent of drivers said that they were distracted by their dog while driving.

Secretary of Commerce involved in seizure-induced car accidents

The United States Secretary of Commerce has reportedly decided to take a leave of absence following a series of car accidents that took place over the weekend. According to media reports, the crashes occurred when Commerce Secretary John Bryson had a seizure behind the wheel. No one was injured in either accident, but the Secretary's health is reportedly motivating his decision to temporarily leave his post.

Dodge Ram named least-safe car in the U.S.

After a rigorous series of tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent analysis has created a list of the seven most dangerous motor vehicles sold in the U.S. Topping the list is the Dodge Ram, which earned the dubious honor through its low crash test scores and low JD Power Initial Quality rating.

New Jersey judge: text sender not liable for recipient's crash

In a decision that was widely tracked both in and outside of New Jersey, a judge has ruled that the sender of a text message cannot be held responsible for any accidents that take place as a result of the recipient's reading or responding to that text message.

Bergen County town bans texting while walking

Most New Jersey residents are well aware of the dangers of texting while driving. But texting while walking? The only possible danger of that, it seems, is to gain notoriety after the video of the walker falling into a fountain or walking into a tree goes viral on YouTube.

New Jersey teens know the risks, but continue to drive distracted

With all the attention that has been paid to distracted driving in recent years, it is almost shocking to read statistics indicating that drivers continue to text and talk while behind the wheel. Yet according to a new survey of teenage drivers, that is exactly what is happening: about 30 percent of respondents stated that they had sent or read a text while driving in the past month, and nearly half said that they had made a cell phone call without a hands-free device.

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