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New Jersey decal law for young drivers stands
By Insure.com staff

A controversial New Jersey law that requires young drivers to display red decals on the license plates of their vehicles has been upheld by the state's Supreme Court.

The state's graduated driver license decal requirement, known as Kyleigh's Law, applies to drivers under 21 who have a permit or probationary license. Failure to display the decals can result in a $100 fine.

The high court agreed with the lower court and appellate division and rejected arguments that the law is preempted by the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act. The justices also said the law does not violate equal protection or constitute an unreasonable search and seizure.

The law was named for Kyleigh D'Alessio, a New Jersey teen who was killed in a car crash. Proponents say the decals make it easier for police officers to spot drivers who are subject to curfews and restrictions on the number of passengers in their cars. Critics say the decals could make teens vulnerable to predators, and some lawmakers have introduced bills to repeal the law. Gregg Trautmann, an attorney, challenged the law in court on behalf of his son.

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