Sixteen-year-old Kyleigh D’Alessio, of Morris County, NJ, died in a car crash three years ago; thanks to the efforts of her mom, Donna Weeks, NJ lawmakers passed “Kyleigh’s Law,” the first teen driver-decal program in the nation, but not without controversy. No surprise, youth groups have opposed the law, and a Rockaway attorney l has tried to have the law repealed.
Effective tomorrow, May 1, Kyleigh’s Law requires new drivers under 21 years-old to place red decals be placed on vehicles they are driving — to make them readily identifiable to police. Montclair PD was at the high school yesterday to inform teens about the new law, which affects all drivers under 21 with a Special Learner’s Permit or first-year provisional or probationary licenses. The new law also imposes an 11 pm curfew for drivers, and prohibits more than one passenger in the car unless a parent is in the car.
For more information, go to NJTeendriving.com or here. Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey is launching a national campaign of her own, against texting and talking on cell phones while driving.
Winfrey has declared today national “No Phone Zone Day” to bring attention to the life-threatening dangers of distracted driving.
Winfrey is asking folks to take the “No Phone Zone” pledge . The pledge has three options: “I will not text while driving,” “I will not text while driving and will use only hands free calling if I need to speak on the phone while I am driving,” and “I will not text or use my phone while I am driving. If I need to use my phone, I will pull over to a secure location.” Go to Oprah.com get the pledge sheet.