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Group Calls for Stricter Teen Driving Laws

Feb 1, 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation reported teen driving fatalities were at an all-time low in 2013.

Nonetheless, the organization Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety believes more teen driving laws could further cut down on fatalities.

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The group’s president, Jackie Gillan, said vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death of teens nationwide. She said Illinois is no exception.

“Teen drivers are more likely than other drivers to be involved in fatal crashes because they lack the experience and they tend to take greater risks,” said Gillan.

Gillan recommended Illinois make teen driving curfews consistent every day of the week.

Despite the concerns about teen driving safety, the group said Illinois ranked first in its nationwide study that surveyed traffic safety laws.

Illinois implemented a graduated driver’s license program in 2008, which requires teens take steps into full driving privileges.