Governor Signs Ed Related Leg
Governor Chris Christie signed several measures related to students and schools May 4. The first requires high school driver education courses to include aggressive driving information. The second requires any medical examination of a child to contain a “Pre-participation Physical Evaluation” form developed to evaluate a child’s family history related to cardiac conditions.
Aggressive Driving As Part of HS Driver Ed
P.L.2015, c.36 (S-266 / A-1013 (Greenstein, A.R. Bucco, Benson, DeAngelo, Sumter, Wisniewski, Garcia)) requires that the curriculum for approved classroom driver education courses and the informational brochure distributed by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) to the parents and guardians of beginning drivers include information on the dangers of driving a vehicle in an aggressive manner. In addition, the law compels the MVC to include the dangers of driving a vehicle in an aggressive manner as part of the written examination required to obtain an examination permit and basic driver’s license.
The new law also specifies that driving a vehicle in an aggressive manner includes, but is not limited to, unexpectedly altering the speed of a vehicle, making improper or erratic traffic lane changes, disregarding traffic control devices, failing to yield the right of way, and following another vehicle too closely. The new law is effective December 1, 2015.
P.L.2015, c.37 (S-471 / A-1473 (Madden, Addiego, Diegnan, Mosquera, O’Donnell, Vainieri Huttle)) requires that an annual medical examination of any child 19 years of age or younger include questions contained in the “Pre-participation Physical Evaluation” form developed to evaluate a child’s family history related to cardiac conditions. The law takes affect The bill takes effect on the first day of the fourth month following its enactment, but authorizes the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs and the Commissioner of Health to take prior administrative action as necessary for its implementation. The law is effective September 1, 2015.