New Jersey is the first state in the United States to require novice drivers to put a red reflective decal on their license plate as part of their graduated driver’s license law. The decals signal the young driver’s probationary status to other drivers and law enforcement. A study by Allison Curry, PhD, MPH and her colleagues at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that New Jersey’s law has prevented more than 1,600 crashes and helped police officers enforce regulations unique to new drivers.
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Reading a text message behind the wheel can take your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds - enough time to drive the length of a football field. And those five seconds can have devastating consequences.
To learn more about the U.S. Department of Transportation's efforts to end distracted driving, please visit Distraction.gov. For more information on the "Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks." campaign, please visit StopTextsStopWrecks.org.
This video infographic highlights the risks of texting while driving.
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Don't Text and Drive
This documentary features families affected by texting while behind the wheel.