NJ Eyes New Restrictions for Teen Drivers

New drivers in New Jersey may soon face more restrictions.

The Assembly's Transportation Committee is set to consider a package of bills this week that incorporate recommendations made by the state's Teen Driving Safety panel. It was commissioned by Governor Corzine to look into ways to reduce teen driving accidents and fatalities.

One measure would require that new drivers practice for a year before getting their licenses, instead of the current six months. Another would mandate they display hang tags on their vehicles, identifying them as provisional drivers.

The public hearing on the measures is scheduled for Thursday.

Crashes involving teen drivers numbered 59,072 in New Jersey last year, with 35 teen drivers and 45 passengers dying in the wrecks.