Uh, About that Teenaged Brain …

Posted by on October 22nd, 2012

In the 1970’s, feminist Gloria Steinem wrote a famous essay considering ways the world might be different if men menstruated and women did not. Among other things, Steinem suggested sexist men would use women’s lack of menstruation to argue women are unsuited for the medical profession (“Women might faint at the sight of blood!”) or […]

N.J. high court upholds license-plate decal for young drivers

Posted by on August 9th, 2012

Young drivers in New Jersey must continue to display controversial red decals on their license plates after the state’s high court Monday found the law constitutionally sound. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled the requirement, known as Kyleigh’s Law, does not violate privacy laws or constitute unreasonable search and seizure, the same conclusions previously […]

Kyleigh’s Law Upheld, NJ Legislators Renew Push To Rescind

Posted by on August 7th, 2012

The controversial red decals for teen drivers are here to stay. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that requiring the stickers on a young driver’s license plate doesn’t violate federal privacy laws. “A driver’s age group constitutes neither `highly restricted personal information’ nor `personal information”‘ within the meaning of current federal law, the […]

Youth Rights 101, Part 7: Behind the Wheel

Posted by on March 21st, 2012

This is part of the Youth Rights 101 series. Please check out Youth Rights 101: Introduction for the rest of the series and more information. Aren’t teen driving restrictions meant for protection of new young drivers? Teen driver restrictions may be meant for protection, but not all new drivers are teens, and older new drivers […]

Graduated driver’s licenses: Opinions, policies vary

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

HOWELL, N.J. – By the end of her driver’s lesson with a Skillful Driving School instructor outside her family’s home here, 16-year-old Samantha Miller had executed about a dozen K-turns and parallel-parked another dozen times. She knew she would do it all over again at her next lesson. And that was OK with Samantha. In […]

Research shows that teens in no hurry to be behind the wheel

Posted by on March 14th, 2012

The frantic rush to get a license at 16 — once a staple in American adolescence — is disappearing as Internet access and stiffening driving rules have led teens to wait longer to beg for the keys. Hannah Hart, 17, a high school junior in Atlanta, has had a learner’s permit for almost two years […]

Bill would ban cellphone use by novice drivers, but does it have a chance?

Posted by on February 6th, 2012

Bonnie Raffaele has never been to Lansing, but her message is starting to be heard there. After her 17-year-old daughter, Kelsey, was killed in a crash while talking on her cellphone, the Sault Ste. Marie woman teamed up with state Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, on a bill to ban phone use by new drivers. […]

Study suggests tougher teen driving laws in Indiana will save lives

Posted by on December 7th, 2011

December 6, 2011FOX59 http://www.fox59.com/news/wxin…..206.column   Federal officials are considering a possible nationwide crackdown on teen drivers to reduce the number of deaths on the roadways. A recent report by the National Safety Council and the Allstate Foundation claims additional state guidelines will save 2,000 lives nationwide each year. Zionsville teen Mitch Miller, 16, said he […]

Study: Phased-in teen driving privileges could save 2,000

Posted by on December 6th, 2011

Dec. 6, 2011 USA Today http://www.indystar.com/usatoday/article/51663278?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|IndyStar.com|p   The USA could save 2,000 lives a year if all 50 states instituted comprehensive programs of phased-in driving privileges for teens, according to a report out today. “We knew that when states pass good laws, lives are saved and a lot of money is saved. We’d just never […]

Reimagining Youth Rights from a Rural Perspective – Kathleen Nicole O’Neal

Posted by on August 19th, 2011

When we discuss youth rights we tend to do it from the default perspective of someone in an urban or suburban community. For those who spent their youth in such communities, this bias is understandable if nonetheless problematic. However, even for those of us raised in rural communities, it can be easy to forget (especially […]

NYRA’s mission centers on challenging age discrimination against young people, both in law and in attitudes and supporting the basic freedoms afforded to young Americans in the Bill of Rights.