NJ High Court Hears Arguments On Kyleigh's Law

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. May 8, 2012

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Kyleigh's Law decal (photo oourtesy New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission)

New Jersey's Supreme Court heard legal arguments today on a challenge to the law requiring young drivers to display red decals on their cars' license plates.

Attorney Gregg Trautmann maintains Kyleigh's Law violates privacy protections and could make young drivers vulnerable to predators.

"The decals certainly allow the police to see that person is the between the ages of 17 to 21, but the point is and the reason for this appeal is it allows everyone else to see it too, people who are not entitled."

Assistant Attorney General Beth Leigh Mitchell says the law is simply a means to enforce restrictions on younger drivers.

"There's no actual age disclosure. It's age group and age group is simply not identifying. It is a general thing that's observable."

Studies are underway to determine if the decals are leading to unintended consequences.

There's no indication when the justices will make a ruling in the case.


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