ILLINOIS PLANS ON TOUGHER TEENAGE DRIVING LAWS
Illinois' Secretary of State plans to push for tougher teenage driving laws. Jesse White's action is in response to a "Chicago Tribune" series that examined fatalities among teen-drivers. White says he'll form a committee to re-examine the state's teen-driving laws. The committee will consider various options, including expanding night-driving restrictions. White said that when young people are out in the late hours, young people are more apt to get involved in an automobile crash.
They'll also look at extending the period a teen driver is required to have a learner's permit. White says he hopes to have legislation ready by November's session. A study released shows a 21% drop in fatal wrecks involving 16-year-old drivers when there are comprehensive programs in place with restrictions for teen drivers. White says he wants teens to be trained in safe driving.
White said he wants to do all he can to give teens the training necessary to operate an automobile.
White said some teens do not realize how dangerous driving can be. He said that sometimes teens have the "Superman" or "Cartoon" mentality thinking that if something were to happen to them, they would be made whole again.