New Jersey

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of New Jersey. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Drowsy Driving Law

AKA "Maggie’s Law," effective 2003. Statute deems driving “while knowingly fatigued as recklessness” and defines fatigued as “being without sleep for a period in excess of 24 consecutive hours.” (New Jersey Legislature, 2002).

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 17.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1968.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

4 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

None

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

3 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

None

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.1

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs and under 30 lbs in rear-facing seat
Under 4 yrs and under 40 lbs until height or weight limit reached in child safety seat
Under 8 yrs and shorter than 57" in forward-facing child safety seat or booster seat until height or weight limit reached in rear seat, if available

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8 yrs or older or over 57"

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

None

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

17

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1 (exception limited to drivers' dependents)

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Type of Law

Primary; Secondary for rear seat occupants

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Who is Covered?

7 and under and more than 57 inches tall 8 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers with permit or provisional license. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Prohibited

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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