The new question asks applicants whether they are aware of the dangers of failing to follow the state's motor vehicle traffic laws and whether they know that they have the option to take the "STOP for Nikhil" safety pledge.
The pledge is named for 11 yr. old Nikhil Badlani, who was killed 2011 in an accident involving a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. The pledge will be added to the Motor Vehicle's driver's manual, and the new question added to the driver's exam.
“STOP for Nikhil Safety Pledge”
"In order to ensure the safety of others on the road, passengers in my car, and myself as a driver, I pledge to obey traffic laws while operating a motor vehicle, be extra cautious, and be attentive to traffic signs and signals and road conditions. Specifically:
"I will come to a complete stop at every 'stop' sign or red traffic light, and will not proceed through a red traffic light;
"I will stay alert, keep two hands on the steering wheel whenever possible, and keep my mind on the road;
"I will talk safely by using a hands-free wireless telephone while driving if I am of lawful age to do so and refrain from texting while driving; and
"I will plan ahead and leave enough time to arrive at my destination.