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Momentum Grows to Eliminate Red License Plate Decals for Teenage Drivers

During multiple shows, we have spoken about the “Red Decal Law,” which recently went into effect and forces teenage drivers to affix a red decal to their license plate.   The consensus of callers have shared the opinion that these red decals should not be forced on our young drivers’ license plates.   The following are a sampling of the reasons why people oppose these red decals:

  1. The red decal is a “scarlet letter” for teenage drivers.   It is not fair to label young drivers with a decal that perverts, creep-shows, and stalkers can use to pray upon younger people, especially young women.
  2. The red decal law does not operate under the American principle that one is “innocent until proven guilty,” even teenage drivers deserve to enjoy this protection of American civil liberties.
  3. If teenagers are to be forced to display a red decal, why not identify other groups of people with colored decals, as well?   Who would say it is fair and just to force all senior citizens to display a certain colored decal on their license plates?
  4. The red decals are a form of profiling and profiling is not permitted under the law.

These are some of the reasons why people are against the red decals.   Do you support the red decals?   Please give both your position and the reasons for that position by leaving a comment on this blog post.

The Courier Post says to ‘Repeal unpopular decal mandate’.

Senator Tom Goodwin has launched an online petition to repeal these red decals.

(Image source – http://media.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/photo/nj-license-decals-kyleighs-lawjpg-34acd97fc61e7f1d_large.jpg)


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “Momentum Grows to Eliminate Red License Plate Decals for Teenage Drivers

  1. Jesse,
    I’m with you 100% on this one. What if an adult drives their son or daughters car? Do you peal the sticker off? What if the teenager doesen’t own his own car and drives the family car to run errabds for his or her parents? Do law makers have nothing else to do? This pught to drive cop’s nuts after curfew! Who’s driving what?!

    Posted by Carol Ruffu | May 16, 2010, 4:39 pm
  2. I agree with the red decal. Teenagers are proven to be the worst drivers on the road (with the possible exception of the 80+ age group, who should probably have a “grey” decal). This is not a scarlet letter, it’s a way police can ID these drivers who have restrictions like the time they can drive, the number of passengers who are allowed to drive with them and several others. This gives the police an opportunity to know who these drivers are. And as for profiling, this is ludicrous. It’s an age group, not a race, religion or sex. Get over it.

    Posted by dave202 | May 24, 2010, 9:28 am

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