New Jersey's Red Stickers Save Lives, Says Study

By Blake Z. Rong | October 26, 2012
Can a sticker prevent a crash? Evidently, New Jerseyites think so, via Consumer Reports. Anyone under 21 in the state of New Jersey are not only burdened with the fact that they're from New Jersey, they also must carry a garish red sticker on their license plates, denoting a novice driver and hence someone to avoid on the Garden State Parkway. A Scarlet Letter for young drivers, if you will. But as it turns out, a study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia examined crash data from 2008 to 2011 and found that crashes from that age group dropped by 8 percent from that period. In 2009, 47,960 teens were involved in accidents. Without the stickers, the study says, eactly 1,624 more teenagers would have been in an accident. A small drop in the bucket—but from a safety perspective, they say, anything is worth it.
Source: Consumer Reports