Initiatives

The Coalition has developed and/or supports the following initiatives to help teens become good drivers for life:

 

U Got Brains Champion Schools Program

Developed by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ), the Champions Schools Program (CSP) gives high school students the opportunity to develop and implement peer-to-peer education campaigns addressing issues teens face on the road. With the guidance of an adult advisor, the teen teams develop and implement in-school and community-based campaigns that include educational activities, special events, speakers, social media, pledge drives, videos, giveaways, and more. All campaigns are judged for impact by a panel of teen safe driving experts and the top teams awarded a driving simulator for their school donated by the founding sponsor New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company. Coalition members serve as mentors, subject matter experts, speakers, sponsors, and judges.

 

Law Enforcement Education

Working in partnership with the New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association, the Coalition developed a flyer and poster to help police understand, promote and enforce the GDL law. Additionally, the Coalition is assisting the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety in promoting law enforcement’s use of a pocket-size card to help patrol officers quickly cite the appropriate section of the GDL law when making a traffic stop involving a teen driver.  
 
A 4-hour GDL for Law Enforcement Course is also provided through the Essex County Police Academy.  Recruits and officers learn the history of the GDL program and its effectiveness in reducing teen crashes.  They also learn the  mechanics of the law, how to identify GDL violations and the critical role they play as both a police officers and  the parent of a future driver.  To learn more about the course, contact [email protected]
 
 

GDL Game Plan for Coaches

Developed in partnership with NJSIAA for use by high school and recreation/travel leagues coaches, A Game Plan for Talking to Your Student Athletes About New Jersey’s Graduated Driver License Program  helps coaches and adult advisors partner with teens and their parents to promote greater understanding of and adherence to the provisions of the GDL program. The 4-page document includes an overview of how and why NJ’s GDL program works; suggestions for engaging athletes, parents and fans; a sample code of conduct; and a list of online resources.

 

Driver Education Partnership

The Coalition partners with the New Jersey Association of Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD) to provide professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and behind the wheel instructors. An electronic bulletin is disseminated, upon request, to high school driver education professionals providing updates on the state's driver licensing requirements and motor vehicle laws, as well as new resources, programs and training opportunities. (To receive the e-bulletin, email [email protected] and include "DE Update" in the Subject line.) The Coalition's volunteer driver education coordinator works with the Motor Vehicle Commission to address teachers' questions and concerns. The Coalition also partners with BIANJ to promote and provide content for a website built expressly for driver education professionals. 

 

GDL Champions

Established in 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of NJ's GDL program, the annual initiative honors individuals and organizations who have worked diligently to educate, enforce and/or advocate for the proven principles of GDL. Champions come from all walks of life -- they're teachers, parents, teens, community activists, elected officials, police officers, businessmen and women, reporters, driving school instructors, safety professionals, and more.

2016 GDL Champions

Past GDL Champions

 

 

GDL Decal Thank You Program

This program uses positive reinforcement to "thank" teens and parents who are leveraging the proven provisions of NJ's graduated driver license (GDL) program -- including the red decal requirement (Kyleigh's Law). Organizers partner with local businesses, high schools, civic and service groups, and law enforcement to identify and reward teen and parent drivers who display the red decal. A statewide "Thank You" program will be conducted in May 2015 to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Kyleigh's Law, however, the program may be conducted at other times of the year beginning June 1, 2015.  A how-to document, fill-in-the-blanks press release and GDL Impact Fact Sheet are available. To request the "Thank You" card artwork, contact Andy Anderson at [email protected].

Listen to the March 5 GDL Decal Webinar

 

Parent Education Campaign

The Coalition surveyed NJ parents with teens 16-20 years of age in January/February 2015 to determine their knowledge of the risk for teen drivers and the state's graduated driver license program as well as the role they play(ed) in coaching their novice driver. As a result of 68% of parents saying they lack some or any understanding of GDL as well as only 30% of parents recognizing they are their teens' most important teacher when it comes to learning to drive, the Coalition created an infographic for use by driver education teachers at back-to-school and teen driving nights and safety advocates at community events. The infographic may be reproduced without permission as well as posted on social media and websites.  A series of ads were also created to encourage parents to get educated about GDL and their role as their teens' driving coach. For the ad art files, contact Pam Fischer at [email protected].

 

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