Last updated on July 30, 2019 at 10:46 am
Sixteen months to the day after Nikki Kellenyi’s death, the law that bears her name is officially on the books in the State of New Jersey.
Effective immediately, “Nikki’s Law” requires the Commissioner of Transportation, along with the Division of Highway Traffic and Safety, to erect proper signage informing motorists that text messaging and using smartphones while driving is prohibited.
Nikki Kellenyi was an 18-year-old senior at Washington Township High School when she was a passenger killed during an automobile accident with one of her classmates. Nikki was a National Honor Student and a champion equestrian competitor. She was only a few weeks away from graduation.
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) quickly picked up the Kellenyi’s and PADD’s effort to have a law passed warning drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. Nikki’s Law received no opposition on its way to becoming state law.
Our own study on the subject highlights the need for additional reinforcement of our state’s laws against distracted driving. Nearly 40% of those polled still do not use a hands-free device when using their mobile device, despite it being against the law.
With the help of organizations like PADD, Plymouth Rock hopes to stamp out distracted driving in New Jersey. You can help too – sign our pledge on Facebook and share with your friends today!