New N.J. Law Emphasizes Traffic Safety to Young Drivers

August 12, 2015

Applicants for a New Jersey driver’s license must answer whether they’re aware of the dangers of failing to follow traffic laws under a law signed by New Jersey Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Guadagno signed the legislation on Aug. 4 in Randolph. Gov. Chris Christie was in New Hampshire campaigning for president.

The legislation is called Nikhil’s Law after 11-year-old Nikhil Badlani who was killed in 2011 after a driver ran a stop sign.

The law also requires the Motor Vehicle Commission to ask license applicants whether they want to take a pledge to follow traffic safety laws.

This is not the first time Guadagno has signed legislation as acting governor. In 2012 she signed a bill aimed at assisting in the prosecution violators of New Jersey’s hands-free law.

According to the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, there were nearly 265,000 traffic crashes, nearly 76,000 traffic injuries, and more than 550 traffic fatalities in the state in 2014.

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